speak with (someone or something)

speak with (someone or something)

1. To hold a conversation with someone (about something). Jack's teacher wants to speak with us about his performance in school. I was speaking with Tom last night, and he said that you were thinking of leaving the company. Is that true?
2. To rebuke, reprove, or chide someone (about something). A: "She's just been really out of line lately." B: "Don't worry, I'll speak with her about it." Your father is going to speak with you when he gets home. Until then, you are not to leave your room, understood?
3. To have a particular attribute, trait, or characteristic while one speaks. I know you aren't an expert, but as long as you speak with authority and confidence, other people will go along with what you say. He spoke with great sadness about the loss of his brother.
See also: speak

speak with someone

 (about someone or something)
1. to talk with someone about someone or something; to discuss someone or something with someone. I was speaking with Fred about Don, who is a mutual friend. I need to know something about Don. I will speak with his friend Fred.
2. to reprimand one about one's dealing with someone or something. He should not have insulted Kelly. I will speak with him about her. He did what? I will speak with him!
See also: speak