speak up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v speak up speak louder; raise one's voice "The audience asked the lecturer to please speak up"
    • v speak up express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation "John spoke up at the meeting"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Speak up to speak out
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Quotations

  • William James
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    “Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.”
  • Boris Marshalov
    Boris Marshalov
    “Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens, then everybody disagrees.”
  • Edward F. Halifax
    Edward%20F.%20Halifax
    “The invisible thing called a Good Name is made up of the breath of numbers that speak well of you.”
  • Patricia Ann Ball
    Patricia Ann Ball
    “The mind is a wonderful thing. It starts working the minute you're born and never stops working until you get up to speak in public.”
  • Boris Marshalov
    Boris Marshalov
    “Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listensand then everybody disagrees.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Ellen had more than half a guess at the reason of both; but make up her mind to speak, she could not, during all breakfast time.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Everybody speak up strong and all together.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
But I have made up my mind that it is not right, and to-morrow morning I shall speak to Dr.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Even when he stood over her she could not look up or speak.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Why didn't you speak up then?
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
And speaking of that," said I, "there are men up yonder, or I'm a Dutchman!
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
Of one thing he felt assured, that it was in no wise up to him to speak or do first.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Curly Saunders sat up as though about to speak, but no words came.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Ask Mr. Phillips to come up and speak to me here.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
He felt himself turning red as he went up, hat in hand, to open the door and speak to the girl inside.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
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In poetry:

He stood up in the house to speak,
With calm unruffled brow,
And never were his burning words
More eloquent than now
"Death Of D'Arcy McGee" by Nora Pembroke
Lilia.
O Jesus, hear me! Let me speak to thee.
No fear oppresses me; for misery
Fills my heart up too full for any fear.
"Within and Without: Part V: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Love-suffused she quivers, falters -
Falters, sighs, but never speaks,
All her rosy blood up-gushing
Overflows her ripe young cheeks.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
For it speaks of the coming golden time,
When, like April flowers in a wood,
She will blossom up into the happy prime
Of innocent maidenhood.
"Lucy" by Alexander Anderson
She heard his sounding step behind,
The blush of joy crept up her cheek,
As cheerly floated on the wind,
"Hoi! Mary Jones—what wont you speak?"
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield
The dearest voice may lead astray:
Speak Thou! Thy word my guide shall be,
Oh, not from life and men away,
But through them, with them, up to Thee.
"The Heavenward Call" by Lucy Larcom

In news:

It's hard to believe Boyz II Men have been around for more than 20 years, without a single break-up to speak of.
An Obligation To Speak Up For The Accused.
Jay Leno opens up to INSIDE EDITION about his relationship with Conan O'Brien, speaking out for the first time since he was officially renamed the host of "The Tonight Show.".
Alye Pollack, an eighth-grader at Bedford Middle School in Westport, doesn't speak in the video, but just holds up a series of signs.
People hold up signs as US President Barack Obama speaks at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) Moving America Forward Rally in Chicago.
We're speaking here of the last Georgia legislative session - turned up yet another avenue for state lawmakers and governors to dodge their responsibility.
One of the National Environmental Health Association's (NEHA's) responsibilities is to speak up on issues of concern to our members, and one way of doing this involves adopting positions.
Platinum Club owner, supporters speak up.
When he speaks of football he becomes animated, fired up, passionate .
Figure out what's making you fume—and speak up instead.
One of the National Environmental Health Association's (NEHA's) responsibilities is to speak up on issues of concern to our members, and one way of doing this involves adopting positions .
McCain's " POW Buddies" Speak Up on his Behalf.
If you pray in Jesus' name in public, the world will speak up and tell you that Jesus has been suspended.
We also have the affirmative action policy up for review in front of the United States Supreme Court even as we speak.
You're invited to be part of the heartbeat of our new national producer panel that speaks up and speaks out.
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In science:

The UIPQ is an random infinite map Q∞ of the plane (roughly speaking a embedding of a planar graph seen up to continuous deformation) given with a distinguished oriented edge (cid:126)e.
Ergodic Theory on Stationary Random Graphs
Roughly speaking, as one makes observations of the GFF at points near the tip of ηt , the conditional expectation of h goes up or down by multiples of this function.
Conformal weldings of random surfaces: SLE and the quantum gravity zipper
The measure ν is constructed so that, intuitively speaking, for a value u related to the time up to which the random walk in the torus or cylinder is run, the trace of the random walk “looks like” I u [16, 22].
Cover levels and random interlacements
Intuitively speaking, for a value u related to the time up to which the random walk is run, the trace of the random walk in a “local box” in the torus or cylinder in some sense “looks like” I u .
Cover times in the discrete cylinder
Roughly speaking, a stratification is a way of breaking up a given derived category into simple pieces using recollements.
Blocks of group algebras are derived simple
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