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English Dictionary: spake by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Speak \Speak\, v. i. [imp. {Spoke}({Spake}Archaic); p. p.
      {Spoken}({Spoke}, Obs. [or] Colloq.); p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Speaking}.] [OE. speken, AS. specan, sprecan; akin to
      OF.ries. spreka, D. spreken, OS. spreken, G. sprechen, OHG.
      sprehhan, and perhaps to Skr. sph[umac]rj to crackle, to
      thunder. Cf. {Spark} of fire, {Speech}.]
      1. To utter words or articulate sounds, as human beings; to
            express thoughts by words; as, the organs may be so
            obstructed that a man may not be able to speak.
                     Till at the last spake in this manner. --Chaucer.
                     Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. --1 Sam. iii.
      2. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse.
                     That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set,
                     as the tradesmen speak.                     --Boyle.
                     An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a
                     knave is not.                                    --Shak.
                     During the century and a half which followed the
                     Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English
                     history.                                             --Macaulay.
      3. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a
            public assembly formally.
                     Many of the nobility made themselves popular by
                     speaking in Parliament against those things which
                     were most grateful to his majesty.      --Clarendon.
      4. To discourse; to make mention; to tell.
                     Lycan speaks of a part of C[91]sar's army that came
                     to him from the Leman Lake.               --Addison.
      5. To give sound; to sound.
                     Make all our trumpets speak.               --Shak.
      6. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by
            utterance; as, features that speak of self-will.
                     Thine eye begins to speak.                  --Shak.
      {To speak of}, to take account of, to make mention of.
            --Robynson (More's Utopia).
      {To speak out}, to speak loudly and distinctly; also, to
            speak unreservedly.
      {To speak well for}, to commend; to be favorable to.
      {To speak with}, to converse with. [bd]Would you speak with
            me?[b8] --Shak.
      Syn: To say; tell; talk; converse; discourse; articulate;
               pronounce; utter.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spake \Spake\, archaic
      imp. of {Speak}.
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