♦ (to) speak

♦ (to) speak
♦ (to) speak /spi:k/
(pass. spoke, p. p. spoken), v. i. e t.
1 parlare; discorrere; conversare; tenere (o fare) un discorso: He speaks Chinese fluently, parla correntemente il cinese; He spoke for ten minutes, ha parlato per dieci minuti; DIALOGO-Discussing university- I spoke to my course tutor about the problem, ho parlato del problema con il responsabile del mio corso; I'll speak to him about it, gliene parlerò io; (fam.) DIALOGO-Car problems 4- I'll speak to you tomorrow, ci sentiamo domani; to speak on the phone, parlare al telefono; They're not speaking to each other, non si parlano (più); (al telefono) DIALOGO-On the phone- «Can I speak to Patricia Wright please?» «Speaking», «Posso parlare con Patricia Wright per favore?» «Sono io»; broadly speaking, parlando in generale
2 dire; esprimere; pronunciare: to speak the truth, dire la verità; to speak one's mind, dire quel che si pensa; parlar chiaro; He only spoke a few words, ha pronunciato soltanto poche parole; He speaks the feelings of us all, egli esprime i sentimenti di tutti noi
3 contare; valere; esser probante: Actions speak louder than words, i fatti contano più delle parole
4 dimostrare; esser prova di: His conduct speaks a generous heart, la sua condotta dimostra la sua generosità
5 (lett.: di strumento musicale) emettere un suono; suonare; (di un orologio) battere le ore
6 (di animali, armi da fuoco, ecc.) far sentire la propria voce
7 (naut.) comunicare con; fare segnali a: to speak a passing ship, comunicare (per mezzo di segnali) con una nave che s'incrocia
8 (teatr.) recitare: to speak a piece, recitare una pièce (teatrale)
to speak by the card, essere preciso nel parlare; parlare in punta di forchetta (fig.) □ to speak in tongues, (relig.) avere il dono delle lingue; (parapsicologia) parlare in lingue sconosciute, manifestare doti di xenoglossia; (fig. scherz.) parlare in gergo incomprensibile □ to speak like a book, parlare come un libro stampato □ to speak of, degno del nome; vero e proprio: No crisis to speak of, only a few quarrels, non una crisi vera e propria, soltanto qualche litigio □ to speak sense, parlare sensatamente □ to speak without book, citare (fatti, cifre, ecc.) a memoria □ speaking of, a proposito di □ English (is) spoken (here), qui si parla inglese □ generally speaking, in generale; in senso lato □ a good speaking voice, una bella voce; una voce piacevole □ legally speaking, dal punto di vista legale □ nothing to speak of, niente degno d'esser menzionato; nulla d'importante □ roughly speaking, all'incirca; pressappoco □ so to speak, per così dire □ strictly speaking, a rigore; per essere precisi; (parlando) in senso stretto.

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