Definition of speak to phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


speak to

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Phrasal Verbs

speak to somebody (about something)

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(informal) to talk to somebody in a serious way about something wrong they have done, to try to stop them doing it again This is the third time I’ve had to speak to him about being late.

speak to somebody


speak to something

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to attract or interest somebody/something The story spoke to him directly. It's a design that speaks to the senses.
  1. 1to discuss or comment on a topic, problem or situation The show wants to speak to real issues affecting young people.
  2. 2to be evidence that something exists or is true The number of cleaning firms speaks to the fact that cleaning is considered an important service.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: speak to