Speak to


  • "'My master wishes to speak with you.'"
    "'My master wishes to speak with you.'"
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Speak to to reprove: to attest, testify to
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The witch speaks to Ball-Carrier, who is lying on a platform The witch speaks to Ball-Carrier, who is lying on a platform
Grethari speaks to the maiden Grethari speaks to the maiden
The disguised princess speaks to the boy in the myrtle thicket The disguised princess speaks to the boy in the myrtle thicket
Joseph as Ruler of Egypt speaks to his brothers Joseph as Ruler of Egypt speaks to his brothers


  • Mark Twain
    “If you are speaking the truth you don't have to remember anything.”
  • Bible
    “We speak that what we know and testify to that which we have seen.”
  • Ben Jonson
    “To speak and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “Before the tongue can speak, it must have lost the power to wound.”
  • Proverb
    “Speak when you are spoken to.”
  • Sophocles
    “It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.”


Speak to the organ grinder not the monkey - Talk to the boss not the subordinate


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. specan (for sprecan); Dut. spreken, Ger. sprechen.


In literature:

D'Artagnan, trembling with rage, went straight to the castle, and asked to speak to the king.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
He will speak when we want him to speak or write, not before.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I have something to do in the market; I thought you wanted to speak to me on business.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
He was clearly premature; he would call to-morrow or next day: to speak to her now was certainly impossible.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
In an instant I recognised him, and a great desire came over me to speak to him.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
All night long, Hadria had been trying to decide when and how to speak to Professor Theobald.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
I'll speak to you later about it.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
I'll speak to you again before I go away to-morrow, but now we'll say good-night.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Am I to turn my back on him when he comes to speak to me?
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
He then offered to go to Annecy, to speak to the Bishop, and to bring me a faithful account.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

In poetry:

Or to thy bower when musing I go,
I think, 't is thy voice that I hear in the breeze;
Softly it seems to speak peace to my woe,
And life once again for a moment can please.
"Song. "Where dost thou bide"" by Amelia Opie
Now at his side he heard it: thin
As echoes of a thought that speaks
To conscience. Listening with his chin
Upon his palm, against his cheeks
He felt the moon's white finger win.
"Eidolons" by Madison Julius Cawein
'Twas a new feeling - something more
Than we had dar'd to own before,
Which then we hid not;
We saw it in each other's eye,
And wish'd in every broken sigh
To speak, but did not!
"Quantum Est Quod Desit" by Thomas Moore
Her faither forbids her to speak to the man,
An' I greet, an' I pray, an' say what I can.
'O mither,' she says, 'I ha'e gi'en him my heart,
An' my haun he maun ha'e, for the twa canna part.'"
"The Ballad O' Mary Muiren" by Janet Hamilton
I now must speak to my disciples, west
and east. I say to you, Do not delay
I say, expectation is vain.
I say again, It is my Lady's birthday
which must be honoured. Bring her to the test
at once.
"Dream Song 112: My framework is broken, I am coming to an end" by John Berryman
Thou to whose power our hope we give,
Free us from human strife.
Fed by Thy love divine we live,
For Love alone is Life;
And life most sweet, as heart to heart
Speaks kindly when we meet and part.
"Love" by Mary Baker Eddy

In news:

Defense Secretary Panetta speaks to troops during his visit to Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait ( POOL New Reuters, REUTERS / December 12, 2012 ).
Ray Suarez speaks to USA Today's Christine Brennan about the club's decision to accept female members.
The co-worker showed Channel 4 an email from the company saying that their employees were not allowed to speak to the media about Gill's case.
Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel was not allowed to speak to the media during the season.
Lundholm does over 300 speaking engagements a year, speaking to Fortune 500 companies, treatment centers, corporate seminars, comedy clubs, jails, etc.
"The Early Show" style contributor Katrina Szish speaks to Erica Hill about some stylish and comfortable shoes from high heels to boots.
Cal Jr to speak to media Friday.
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks to workers about the economy during a visit to Daimler Detroit Diesel in Redford, Mich. Obama says he 'won't compromise ' on taxes.
Robert Taylor speaks to the media about new software to keep track of inmates at the Sedgwick County Jail.
A recording of Herman Cain speaking to reporters at the conservative Heritage Foundation on March 15, 2011, at which he referred to Planned Parenthood as "planned genocide".
Explore3DTV's Matt Whitlock got a chance to speak to Nick Constable , stereoscopic 3D imaging consultant and guest Explore3DTV contributor, for fascinating one-on-one chat covering a wide variety of 3D topics.
Explore3DTV's Matt Whitlock got a chance to speak to Nick Constable, stereoscopic 3D imaging consultant and guest Explore3DTV contributor, for fascinating one-on-one chat covering a wide variety of 3D topics.
Mitt Romney's running mate will be at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center to speak to the public at 3PM.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks to the media during a briefing aboard his airplane in flight over the Pacific Ocean en route from Honolulu to Perth, Australia, Monday, Nov 12, 2012.
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The probabilities about which Bell Locality speaks thus refer not to empirical frequencies of given outcomes, but rather to probabilities as assigned by the fundamental dynamics of some particular theory – namely, whatever theory posits λ as a complete state description.
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