spat, n. 1. quarrel, disagreement, squabble, tiff, Brit. Dial, fratch; personal conflict, Inf. run-in, Inf hassle, Inf. barney; falling-out, rupture, open variance; dispute, wrangle, bickering, controversy, difference of opinion.
2. slap, blow, smack, buff, spank, flap, clap, crack; whack, thwack, hit, bang; Inf. swat, clip, Inf. biff, Inf. bat, Inf. belt, Inf. clout; SI. sock, SI. slug, SI. shot; swipe, cuff, jab; buffet, SI. whop, bash.
-v. 3. squabble, altercate, quarrel; argue, disagree, dispute, spar, have words, Inf. pick a crow; fall out, tiff, quibble, wrangle; differ, contend, clash, raise voices, take issue, object.
4. spatter, splash. See - spatter.
5. slap, smack, hit, whack, thwack, rap, spank, Inf. swat, clip, Inf. bat, Inf. clout.
spatter, v. splash, besplash, slosh, swash, plash, dabble; sprinkle, besprinkle, spat, sparge, dot, speckle, spangle; scatter, strew, bestrew; spray, shower, spread, diffuse; dash, beat, batter, hit, strike; splutter, fly in all directions; bespatter, splotch, spot; smear, besmear, daub,
spawn, n. 1. Usu. Disparaging, progeny, off spring, offshoots, descendents, posterity, issue, seed; family, children, Inf. kids, sons, daughters, brood; young, litter, fry.
-v. 2. give birth to, bring into the world, bring
forth, have, bear, produce; procreate, generate, engender, beget, father, mother, sire, dam; give rise to, bring into being, give life to, call into existence, cause to exist; create, compose, make up, originate, invent, conceive of, think up, Inf. dream up, Inf. hatch.
3. reproduce, breed, propagate, multiply, increase and multiply, proliferate, spread.
speak, v. 1. converse, talk, discuss, chat, chitchat, confabulate, Inf. confab, coze, pass the time of day, Brit. Dial, tell, SI. yap, SI. rap, SI. chin, SI. chew the fat or the rag, SI. shoot the breeze, SI. bull.
2. communicate, inform, advise, apprise, notify, give notice to, give word to, mention to, point out, bring to [s.o.'s] attention, let know, have one to know, give one to understand, enlighten, clue in, Inf. open [s.o.'s] eyes; convey, relate, put across, get across; disclose, reveal, divulge, bring out, make known, lay open.
3. say, utter, express, breathe, whisper, give or let out, come out with, blurt out; speak up, speak out, open one's mouth, Inf. pipe up; (of a dog) bark.
4. articulate, enunciate, enounce, pronounce, voice, vocalize.
5. discourse, make a speech, give a talk, deliver an address, address, soapbox, platform; declaim, hold forth, orate, lecture, sermonize, preach, pontificate; harangue, rant, out-herod Herod, Inf. spout; spiel, Australian SI. spruik.
6. signify, import, point to, give a token or sign of, betoken, bespeak; show, demonstrate, display, evince, exhibit, manifest, betray, give away; indicate, imply, intimate; mean, denote, connote, suggest, purport.
7. so to speak as it were, in a manner of speaking; figuratively speaking, metaphorically speaking.
8. speak for represent, act for, act in behalf of, intercede for; defend, advocate, support, uphold, contend for, Inf. stick up for, Inf. stand up for; recommend, put in a good word for.
9. speak out proclaim, announce, herald; have one's way, take the floor; affirm, assert, aver, asseverate, avow, avouch, declare, protest.
10. speak well of commend, speak highly of, describe in glowing terms or colors, have a good word for; promote, cry up, puff, sing the praises of, Inf. boost, SI.
My Account / Test History
When someone calls you, you answer the phone (or pick up the phone).
When you make a statement or some comments, we usually say the other person replies or responds.
When you ask a question, we usually say the other person answers. However, this is not 100% - reply and respond can also be used for answering a question.
When used as a noun (with a, an, the and possessive pronouns like my, your, his, her, etc.) the words answer and reply don't change - but the noun form of "respond" is response.