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speak to

1. Literally, to communicate with someone or a group by speaking. George and I haven't been speaking to one another ever since our argument.
2. To address some topic or issue verbally, as in a speech or interview. The senator spoke to the need for bipartisan support if any meaningful tax reform were going to be possible.
3. To indicate or signal some topic or issue. The amount of respiratory problems present in this city's population speaks to the abysmal air quality here.
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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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References in classic literature ?
"I'm fit to speak to something better than you, you poor-spirited imp!" said Tom, lighting up immediately at Philip's fire.
Her clothes speak to something very different from the royal's usual flag-waving smartness: they appeal to universal markers of decency among the liberal elite.
To Kermani, Christianity's gorgeous depictions of the mother of God speak to something powerful, while "no one has ever succeeded in painting a halfway believable picture of the Father."
Bodies speak to something inside of us on a deeply human level.
Yet GYiBE's comments speak to something beyond the spectacle of excess amid perceived scarcity.
There's a similar fascination with the mundane in Thomas' storytelling, which, since the project's genesis in his late teens, has revolved with an almost comical persistence around girls, cars, partying and other libidinal projections of his "infinitely teenage heart and soul." But his words speak to something he seems to be doing with rock music when he lets rip with a gloriously distorted guitar solo, or wraps his snarling, nasal tenor around a line like let go of your body as though he's hailing the arrival of the '60s sexual revolution all over again.
These sickening sentiments speak to something disordered in the human condition," Conservative MP Cono Burns told the Telegraph.