From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishspeak for phrasal verb1REPRESENT speak for somebody/something to express the feelings, thoughts, or beliefs of a person or group of peopleDan, speaking for the students, started the meeting.2speak for yourself spokenSAY/STATE used to tell someone that you do not have the same opinion as they do, or that something that is true for them is not true for you‘We don’t want to go.’ ‘Speak for yourself!’3be spoken forOWN if something or someone is spoken for, they have already been promised to someone elseThey’re all either married or spoken for.4speak for itself/themselvesOBVIOUS to show something very clearlyThe results speak for themselves. →speak→ See Verb table
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speak for• DirectorMike Newell creates the atmosphere and wisely allows the surroundingbeauty to speak for itself.• That way round the guitar's reputation literally speaks for itself.• The account mainly speaks for itself.• They have been left to speak for themselves as rites, as works of art through the eyes to the listeningheart.• The benefitsspeak for themselves, but it does have its downside.• Let these factsspeak for themselves: By the time Barbie was invented, I was too old for dolls.• The confirmation numbers speak for themselves.• To be an employed, marriedmum is quite an achievement and I think I speak for us all.speak for yourself• That rather speaks for itself. 6.• "We're not interested in going to the game." "Hey, speak for yourself."• In this oracularrole, though, she does not speak for herself.• Nevertheless, this is an ultimately inspiringstudy of prisonersspeaking for themselves.• The alacrity with which northerners enlisted for militaryservice whenever warfareflared up on the Borderspeaks for itself.• The arrangement seemed to speak for itself: Alice, the true love.• Let these facts speak for themselves: By the time Barbie was invented, I was too old for dolls.• Yet the belief that a videotape somehow speaks for itselfpersisted.• Facts should normally be allowed to speak for themselves: to spell out a conclusion may spell danger.be spoken for• But all of the money is spoken for.• Contest ends when all ticketsare spoken for.• Most of your capitalis spoken for, and the creditors are closing in.• Though they were spoken for my benefit, I could not be assumed to share the same norms.• When the words were spoken for the third time, however, the divorce was irrevocable.speak for itself/themselves• He's a good coach - his successspeaks for itself.• Again, we begin by letting the managersspeak for themselves.• But the history of the family speaks for itself.• I think the above account speaks for itself.• Kahn believed that his work spoke for itself.• The account mainly speaks for itself.• They simply put it out and let the musicspeak for itself.• The arrangement seemed to speak for itself: Alice, the true love.• Yet the belief that a videotape somehow speaks for itself persisted.