v., spoke or (Archaic) spake; spo-ken or (Archaic)
spoke; speak-ing, --v.i. 1. to utter words
or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice; talk. 2. to
communicate vocally. 3. to converse. 4. to deliver
an address, discourse, etc. 5. to make a statement in written
or printed words. 6. to communicate by any means; convey
significance: Actions speak louder than words. 7.
to emit a sound, as a musical instrument; make a noise or report.
8. (of dogs) to bark when ordered. --v.t. 9. to
utter vocally and articulately. 10. to express or make known,
esp. with the voice. 11. to declare by any means of communication.
12. to use, or be able to use, in oral utterance, as a language.
13. Naut. to communicate with (a passing vessel) at
sea, as by voice or signal. 14. Archaic. to speak
to or with. 15. so to speak, figuratively speaking.
16. speak for, a. to speak in behalf of. b.
to choose or have reserved: This item is already
spoken for. 17. to speak of, worth mentioning:
The country has no mineral resources to speak of.
adj., sur-er, sur-est, adv. --adj. 1. free
from doubt as to the reliability, character, action, etc., of something
(often fol. by of): to be sure of one's facts. 2.
confident, as of something expected. 3. convinced, fully
persuaded, or positive. 4. assured or certain beyond question:
His death is sure.. 5. worthy of confidence; reliable;
stable. 6. unfailing; a sure cure. 7. unerring: a
sure aim. 8. admitting of no doubt or question: sure proof.
9. inevitable; Death is sure. 10. destined;
bound inevitable; certain: He is sure to come.
The Random House College Dictionary
Revised Edition, 1988.
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