speak to

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Verb[edit]

to speak to (phrasal verb)

  1. (idiomatic) To give evidence regarding something; to attest for.
    • 2006, Staff of Vault, The College Buzz Book, page 176:
      This definitely speaks to the fact that at Georgetown, beginning at the admissions process, you're not a number but a real person.
  2. (idiomatic) To address a particular topic.
    • 1981, McGill journal of education: 
      Education for being speaks to what grows within the person himself
  3. (idiomatic) To (figuratively) resonate with, to feel emotionally relevant to.
    His music really speaks to me.

Usage notes[edit]

These usages are in addition to the main (and not idiomatic) usage meaning "to address one's words to (someone)".

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