Bespeak Be*speak", v. t. [imp. {Bespoke}, {Bespake} (Archaic); p. p. {Bespoke}, {Bespoken}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bespeaking}.] [OE. bispeken, AS. besprecan, to speak to, accuse; pref. be- + sprecan to speak. See {Speak}.] 1. To speak or arrange for beforehand; to order or engage against a future time; as, to bespeak goods, a right, or a favor. [1913 Webster]

Concluding, naturally, that to gratify his avarice was to bespeak his favor. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. To show beforehand; to foretell; to indicate. [1913 Webster]

[They] bespoke dangers . . . in order to scare the allies. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. To betoken; to show; to indicate by external marks or appearances. [1913 Webster]

When the abbot of St. Martin was born, he had so little the figure of a man that it bespoke him rather a monster. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. To speak to; to address. [Poetic] [1913 Webster]

He thus the queen bespoke. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bespoken — e*spok en adj. 1. same as {made to order}; of clothing. Syn: bespoke, custom, made to order, tailored, tailor made. [WordNet 1.5] 2. bound by an agreement to become married to someone. Syn: affianced, betrothed, engaged, pledged,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bespoken — committed committed adj. 1. Bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a particular cause, action, or attitude. Opposite of {uncommitted}. Note: [Narrower terms: {bound up, involved, wrapped up}; {dedicated, devoted}; {pledged, sworn}] [WordNet… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bespoken — adjective see bespoke …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bespoken — /bi spohkeuhn/, v. 1. a pp. of bespeak. adj. 2. bespoke. [1600 10 for def. 2] * * * …   Universalium

  • bespoken — adjective betrothed or engaged to be married …   Wiktionary

  • bespoken — be·speak || bɪ spiːk v. reserve in advance; order goods or services; show, bear witness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bespoken — be·spo·ken …   English syllables

  • bespoken — be•spo•ken [[t]bɪ spoʊkən[/t]] v. 1) a pp. of bespeak 2) bespoke …   From formal English to slang

  • bespoken — past part. of BESPEAK …   Useful english dictionary

  • affianced bespoken betrothed engaged pledged promisedpredicate — attached attached adj. 1. fastened together. a picnic table with attached benches [WordNet 1.5] 2. being joined in close association; of people or organizations. Syn: affiliated, connected [WordNet 1.5] 3. fastened onto another object; of objects …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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