Bespeak meaning

bĭ-spēk
A request for a specific performance; a benefit performance, by a patron.
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(archaic) To speak to; address.
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To speak for in advance; engage beforehand; reserve.

That room is bespoken.

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To be indicative of; show.

A mansion that bespeaks wealth.

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To foreshadow; point to.

Her talent bespeaks success.

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(archaic) To speak to; address.
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To speak about; tell of; relate; discuss.
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To speak for beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for; order or reserve in advance.

To bespeak a seat in a theatre.

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To stipulate, solicit, ask for, or request, as in a favour.

To bespeak a calm hearing.

I bespeak your patience in advance.

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(archaic) To forbode; foretell.
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(archaic, poetic) To speak to; address.
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This act bespeaks his kindness.

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(intransitive) To speak up or out; exclaim; speak.
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Origin of bespeak

  • Middle English bispeken to speak out from Old English besprecan to speak about

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary