speak well (or ill) of

speak well (or ill) of
speak well (or ill) of
praise (or criticize).

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  • speak well of — speak well for/of/ phrase to show that something is correct or effective The lower crime rate speaks well for the police department’s new strategy. Thesaurus: to show or agree that something is truesynonym Main entry: speak * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak well of somebody — speak ˈwell/ˈill of sb idiom (formal) to say good or bad things about sb • She never speaks ill of anyone. Main entry: ↑speakidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak — W1S1 [spi:k] v past tense spoke [spəuk US spouk] past participle spoken [ˈspəukən US ˈspou ] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in conversation)¦ 2¦(say words)¦ 3¦(language)¦ 4¦(formal speech)¦ 5¦(express ideas/opinions)¦ 6 so to speak 7 speak your mind …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • speak — /spi:k/ verb past tense spoke past participle spoken 1 IN CONVERSATION (intransitive always + adv/prep) to talk to someone about something or have a conversation: speak to sb about sth: I intend to speak to the manager about the way I have been… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • speak — verb (past spoke; past participle spoken) 1》 say something.     ↘make a speech.     ↘communicate in or be able to communicate in (a specified language).     ↘(speak for) express the views or position of.     ↘(speak out/up) express one s opinions …   English new terms dictionary

  • speak — [ spik ] (past tense spoke [ spouk ] ; past participle spo|ken [ spoukən ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 talk about something or to someone ▸ 2 use voice to talk ▸ 3 talk particular language ▸ 4 give formal speech ▸ 5 express ideas/thoughts ▸ 6 talk on… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • speak */*/*/ — UK [spiːk] / US [spɪk] verb Word forms speak : present tense I/you/we/they speak he/she/it speaks present participle speaking past tense spoke UK [spəʊk] / US [spoʊk] past participle spoken UK [ˈspəʊkən] / US [ˈspoʊkən] 1) a) [intransitive] to… …   English dictionary

  • speak — v. 1) ( to talk ) to speak bluntly, candidly, frankly, freely; coherently; correctly; fluently; glibly; incorrectly; irresponsibly; loudly; openly; politely; quickly, rapidly; quietly, softly; responsibly; rudely; slowly; truthfully 2) (D; intr.) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ill — adj., adv., & n. adj. 1 (usu. predic.; often foll. by with) out of health; sick (is ill; was taken ill with pneumonia; mentally ill people). 2 (of health) unsound, disordered. 3 wretched, unfavourable (ill fortune; ill luck). 4 harmful (ill… …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak for — {v.} 1. To speak in favor of or in support of. * /At the meeting John spoke for the change in the rules./ * /The other girls made jokes about Jane, but Mary spoke for her./ 2. To make a request for; to ask for. * /The teacher was giving away some …   Dictionary of American idioms

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