Synonyms of speak in English:


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1‘she refused to speak about the incident’


talk, say, say anything, say something

utter, state, declare, tell, voice, express, pronounce, articulate, enunciate, vocalize, verbalize

rare enounce

2‘we spoke the other day’


have a conversation, talk, have a talk, have a discussion, converse, communicate, chat, have a chat, pass the time of day, have a word, gossip, make conversation

informal have a confab, chew the fat, chew the rag

British informal natter, have a chinwag

North American informal shoot the breeze

rare confabulate

3‘the Minister spoke for two hours’


give a speech, give a talk, talk, lecture, give a lecture, deliver an address, give a sermon, hold forth, discourse, expound, expatiate, orate, harangue, sermonize, pontificate

informal spout, spiel, speechify, preachify, jaw, sound off, drone on

4‘he was spoken of as a promising student’


mention, make mention of, talk about, discuss, refer to, make reference to, bring in, introduce, remark on, comment on, allude to, advert to, deal with, treat

5‘his expression spoke disbelief’


indicate, mean, suggest, show, denote, display, demonstrate, be evidence of, register, reflect, reveal, betray, evince, disclose, exhibit, manifest

express, convey, signify, impart, bespeak, communicate, bear out, attest, testify to, prove, evidence

literary betoken

6‘we really must speak to him about his rudeness’


reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, lecture, criticize, censure

informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, let someone have it, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul

British informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row

North American informal chew out, ream out

British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking

North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass

dated call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim

rare reprehend, objurgate


    speak for

      1‘the MP who speaks for the Liberal Democrats on education’


      represent, speak on behalf of, act for, act on behalf of, appear for, intercede for, express the views of, act as spokesman for, act as spokeswoman for, act as spokesperson for

      2‘who would like to speak for the motion?’


      advocate, champion, uphold, defend, stand up for, support, speak in support of, promote, recommend, urge, back, endorse, sponsor, espouse


      speak against, oppose

    speak out/up

      ‘women have been speaking out on this issue for some time’


      speak publicly, speak openly, speak boldly, speak frankly, speak one's mind, sound off, spout off, go on, stand up and be counted

    speak up

      ‘you'll have to speak up to be heard’


      speak loudly, speak more loudly, speak out, speak clearly, raise one's voice, shout, yell, bellow, call at the top of one's voice

      North American informal