(third-person singular simple present bespeaks, present participle bespeaking, simple past bespoke or bespake (archaic), past participle bespoken or bespoke (archaic))
- To speak about; tell of; relate; discuss.
- To speak for beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for; order or reserve in advance.
- to bespeak a seat in a theatre
- To stipulate, solicit, ask for, or request, as in a favour.
- to bespeak a calm hearing
- I bespeak your patience in advance.
- (archaic) To forbode; foretell.
- (archaic, poetic) To speak to; address.
- To betoken; show; indicate; foretell; suggest.
- This act bespeaks his kindness.
- (intransitive) To speak up or out; exclaim; speak.
From Middle English bespeken, bispeken, from Old English *bespecan, besprecan (“to speak about, speak against, accuse of, claim at law, complain”), from Proto-Germanic *bisprekaną (“to discuss, blame”), equivalent to be- + speak. Cognate with Scots bespeke (“to beseech, speak or negotiate with”), West Frisian besprekke (“to discuss”), Dutch bespreken (“to discuss, review, debate”), German besprechen (“to discuss, review, talk about”).