- Hyphenation: speak vol‧umes
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see speak, volumes.
I can speak volumes about this school.
- To convey significant information beyond what is explicit, especially unintentionally.
In our day-to-day experiences, it is often such nonverbal emotional information carried by the human voice that “speaks volumes.”
- (of an action, situation, or object) To convey significant information.
The way you listen speaks volumes.
The lighted decorated Christmas tree, a treat for all, speaks volumes of meaning.
2016 March 27, Daniel Taylor, “Eric Dier seals England’s stunning comeback against Germany”, in The Guardian, London, archived from the original on 1 April 2016:
- Two-nil down, playing the World Cup winners in Berlin, England’s response spoke volumes for the spirit of togetherness Hodgson has been trying to foster and provided a victory that will be remembered with the kind of fondness usually reserved for the 5–1 win in Munich from an entirely different era.
- (to convey significant information beyond what is explicit): connote
to convey significant information beyond what is explicit
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