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TO SPEAK. This term is used in the English law, to signify the permission given by a court to the prosecutor and defendant in some cases of misdemeanor, to agree together, after which the prosecutor comes into court and declares himself to be satisfied; when the court pass a nominal sentence. 1 Chit. Pr. 17.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Daughter of a Baptist preacher, Zora Neale Hurston spoke from the pulpit every time that she wrote.
He spoke of the need for peace-making efforts to touch `the deep underlying causes which are often in the spiritual realm: fear, anger, hatred and revenge'.
At a recent presentation to the University of California Board of Regents, he spoke against the backdrop of a giant Chinese character denoting the concepts of crisis and opportunity.
Others cried as Lewan spoke; he was a popular figure at the center of the senator's staff, a veteran who had kept the operation together.
Of those who say they can speak Welsh, a small proportion (4%) only spoke a few words and 17% "only a little".
If I spoke English with everyone I know I could also say that 80 to 90% of the people did not speak Welsh.
The bulk of the opposition consisted of 41 Reformers (out of 60), among whom two should be mentioned by name because they were two MPs who spoke most eloquently and knowledgably on the issue: Jason Kenney (Calgary) and John Cummins (Delta-Richmond, B.C.).
Denise Klein and her colleagues at McGill University in Montreal studied six men and six women who spoke English as their native language and had also learned to speak French fluently.
The system determined which language was spoken, translated the sentence into the other language, and "spoke" the new sentence, typically taking less than two seconds to complete the process.
The investigators repeated the experiment with 48 right-handed, hearing adults who spoke English but had no experience with any sign language.

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