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verb address, air, announce, annunciate, apprise, articulate, aver, badinage, bandy words, bear witness, break silence, carry on a conversation, colloque, communiiate with, converse, declaim, declare, deliver, deliver an address, denote, dicere, disclose, discourse, divulge, ennage in a conversation, engage in a dialogue, enunciate, exchange opinions, explain, expound, express, give a talk, give expression, give indication of, give voice, give words to, have a dialogue, hold a conversation, hold a discussion, indicate, inform, issue a statement, join in a conversation, make a speech, make a statement, make mention, make oral communication, make oral mention, make solemn affirmation, make solemn declaration, murmur, mutter, palaver, parley, phrase, pour forth, proclaim, pronounce, publish, put into words, recite, remark, render an account of, repeat, report, reveal, say, sermonize, state, state emmhatically, state one's case, state with conviction, talk, tell, utter, utter forth, utter with conviction, utter words
Foreign phrases: Idem est nihil dicere et insufficienter dicere.It is the same thing to say nothing, and to say a thing insufficiently.
See also: avow, communicate, convey, declaim, discourse, enunciate, express, phrase, recite, relate, remark, tell, utter

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.

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Eliza Stoughton the half-witted girl was poked in the ribs by a farm hand and giggled noisily, in some distant field a cow bawled and was answered by the cattle in the stables, and one of the farm hands spoke sharply to the horse he was grooming by the stable door.
X always spoke English to Germans, but his plan was to turn the sentence wrong end first and upside down, according to German construction, and sprinkle in a German word without any essential meaning to it, here and there, by way of flavor.
cried Emma, turning her glowing cheeks towards him; for, while she spoke, it occurred to her that he might have called at Mrs.
Thus I spoke, my father, and, indeed, in that hour I desired to die.
He rose as he spoke, and reached his cap, as if intending to go.
Then Nestor knight of Gerene again spoke, saying: "Cast lots among you to see who shall be chosen.
She spoke of it, Fanny, with a steadier voice than I can.
It had been hard for him to remain with the Frenchman all these days for that very reason, and that he had unselfishly done so spoke more glowingly of his nobility of character than even did his rescuing the French officer from Mbonga's clutches.
Several of them spoke to him, and spoke so kindly and cordially, especially Lizabetha Prokofievna--she was saying the kindest possible things to him.
I spoke of an instance where one of our graduates had produced two hundred and sixty-six bushels of sweet potatoes from an acre of ground, in a community where the average production had been only forty-nine bushels to the acre.
Bulstrode's eyes, which were rather fine, rolled round that ample quilled circuit, while she spoke.
I cautiously snatched away the brandy bottle as I spoke, and was in the drawing-room with it in an instant.

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