speak to

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speak to someone

to talk to someone. I am angry with him and I refuse to speak to him. Were you speaking to me?
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speak to something

[for something] to address, indicate, or signal something. This event speaks to the need for good communication. Your present state of employment speaks to your need for a better education.
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speak to

To address some topic: The mayor spoke to the issue of tax increases.
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With difficulty however could she prevent her from following him herself; and to persuade her to check her agitation, to wait, at least, with the appearance of composure, till she might speak to him with more privacy and more effect, was impossible; for Marianne continued incessantly to give way in a low voice to the misery of her feelings, by exclamations of wretchedness.
I hope I may be able to come back and recall those pleasant memories once more," I continued; "but as there is some uncertainty about the future, I must take my opportunity when I can get it, and speak to you now.
I expect people to look at me when people speak to me," she said.
Miss Dartle saw you pass a night or two ago; and I was to sit at work on the staircase, and when I saw you pass again, to ask you to step in and speak to her.
I am told you wish to speak to me, Miss Dartle,' said I, standing near her, with my hand upon the back of the seat, and declining her gesture of invitation to sit down.
I went back, after parting from you, to speak to her, but she was gone.
At length she turned into a dull, dark street, where the noise and crowd were lost; and I said, 'We may speak to her now'; and, mending our pace, we went after her.
Restore your strength--and then I will speak to you.
I hope you will not judge of me by my hesitating manner when I speak to you.
It is another of my miseries that I cannot speak to you or speak of you without stumbling at every syllable, unless I let the check go altogether and run mad.
Mr Headstone,' returned Lizzie, with a burning face, 'it is cowardly in you to speak to me in this way.
I beg you, I entreat you," she said suddenly, taking his hand, and speaking in quite a different tone, sincere and tender, "never speak to me of that
Speak to him yourself, for ever since you were deputed by me to arrest the Duc de Beaufort, this officer and I have been on bad terms.
He's one of the few people who would have the good sense and vision to hire someone like Brent Childers to create a media campaign to speak to Middle America and to self-described evangelicals.
For instance, the Piraha have no way to say, "When I finish eating, I want to speak to you.