speak for (one)

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speak for (one)

1. To say something on behalf of one; to express one's opinions for them. I can't speak for Dave, but I know that I'm very uncomfortable with this arrangement. I would just like to make clear that this former employee does not speak for me or the company as a whole.
2. To testify, argue, or give a recommendation in support of one. Melissa's a fantastic worker. I can't speak for the other interns, though, as I haven't spent any time working with them. I don't need anyone to speak for me—I can stand up for myself.
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spoken for

1. Already claimed, purchased, or reserved. I'm sorry, this seat is spoken for. It looks like this car is spoken for. Let's see if they have any others for a good price.
2. Already in a romantic relationship. I'm thinking of asking John out. Do you know if he's spoken for?
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speak for someone or something

 
1. to testify or argue for someone or something. I would be happy to speak for you in court. Just tell me when. My attorney will speak for our position.
2. to lay claim to someone or something. Fred is spoken for. I want to speak for the red one.
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speak for

oneself to speak on one's own behalf. I can speak for myself. I don't need you to speak for me. speak for yourself. What you say does not represent my thinking.
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spoken for

taken; reserved (for someone). I'm sorry, but this piece of cake is already spoken for. Pardon me. Can I sit here, or is this seat spoken for?
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speak for

1. Intercede for, recommend, as in He spoke for the young applicant, commending her honesty. [c. 1300]
2. Express the views of, as in I can't speak for my husband but I'd love to accept, or I don't care what Harry thinks-Speak for yourself, Joe. [c. 1300]
3. speak for itself. Be significant or self-evident, as in They haven't called us in months, and that speaks for itself. [Second half of 1700s]
4. spoken for. Ordered, engaged, or reserved, as in This lot of rugs is already spoken for, or Is this dance spoken for? This usage comes from the older verb, bespeak, meaning "to order." [Late 1600s]
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speak for

v.
1. To act as spokesperson for someone or something: I speak for the entire staff when I say thank you. I think these photographs will speak for themselves. Hey, speak for yourself—I'm not too old to dance! I can't speak for my competitors, but we take every precaution to ensure the customer's safety.
2. To make a reservation or request for someone or something. Chiefly used in the passive: Is this dance spoken for? That painting is already spoken for.
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spoken for

Reserved or requested: Is that seat spoken for?
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References in periodicals archive ?
Sir - In his letter "Who speaks for us" (September 28), Nigel Dix said that at the last general election 29 Labour MPs got 600,000 votes, more than Assembly Members and Local Government put together.
It is this Administration that speaks for us and not the MPs who serve in Westminster concerned about the government of the UK as a whole and not just Wales.
But who speaks for us? Not the many leaders and activists of color who are on our side.
Auerbach is the master of vertiginous canyons, of skies pressing onto buildings; later, he speaks for us all when faced with the need for splitsecond selection as we launch ourselves off curbs, up steps, around street signs, picking one route from several, as in the recent Camden Palace paintings.