bespeak

  • 1Bespeak — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2Bespeak — Be*speak , n. A bespeaking. Among actors, a benefit (when a particular play is bespoken.) The night of her bespeak. Dickens. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3Bespeak — Be*speak , v. i. To speak. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4bespeak — I verb argue, attest, call, connote, convey, denote, express, imply, import, indicate, mean, purport, signify, speak of, suggest, tell of, testify II index call (appeal to), denote, evince, indicate …

    Law dictionary

  • 5bespeak — (v.) O.E. besprecan speak about, speak against, complain, from BE (Cf. be ) + SPRECAN (Cf. sprecan) to speak (see SPEAK (Cf. speak)). A common Germanic compound (Cf. O.S. bisprecan, Du. bespreken, O.H.G. bisprehhan, Ger. besprechen …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6bespeak — betoken, attest, *indicate, argue, prove Analogous words: manifest, evidence, *show, evince, demonstrate: imply, hint, *suggest …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7bespeak — ► VERB (past bespoke; past part. bespoken) 1) be evidence of. 2) order or reserve in advance …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8bespeak — [bē spēk′, bispēk′] vt. bespoke, bespoken or bespoke, bespeaking [ME bispeken < OE besprecan: see BE & SPEAK] 1. to speak for in advance; engage beforehand; reserve [that room is bespoken] 2. to be indicative of; show [a mansion that bespeaks… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9bespeak — /bəˈspik/ (say buh speek), /bi / (say bee ) verb (t) (bespoke or, Archaic, bespake, bespoken, bespeaking) 1. to ask for in advance; stipulate: to bespeak a calm hearing; to bespeak the reader s patience. 2. to reserve beforehand; engage in… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 10bespeak — /bi speek /, v.t., bespoke or (Archaic) bespake; bespoken or bespoke; bespeaking. 1. to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader s patience. 2. to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater. 3.… …

    Universalium

  • 11bespeak — transitive verb (bespoke; bespoken; speaking) Date: 1533 1. to hire, engage, or claim beforehand 2. to speak to especially with formality ; address 3. request < bespeak a favor > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12bespeak — 1. verb [bɪˈspiːk/ To order or reserve in advance. 2. noun [bɪˈspiːk/ A request for a specific performance, by a patron. By the bye, Ive been thinking of bringing out that piece of yours on her bespeak night …

    Wiktionary

  • 13bespeak — be•speak [[t]bɪˈspik[/t]] v. t. spoke, spo•ken spoke, speak•ing. 1) to ask for in advance; request 2) to reserve beforehand: to bespeak a seat in a theater[/ex] 3) to speak to formally; address 4) to show; indicate: This bespeaks a kindly&#8230; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14bespeak — Synonyms and related words: accost, address, announce, apostrophize, appeal to, apply for, apply to, approach, approve, argue, ask, ask for, attest, be construed as, be indicative of, be significant of, be symptomatic of, beg leave, betoken, book …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15bespeak — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To give grounds for believing in the existence or presence of: argue, attest, betoken, indicate, mark, point to, testify, witness. See SHOW. 2. To cause to be set aside, as for one s use, in advance: book, engage,&#8230; …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16bespeak — be|speak [bıˈspi:k] v [T] past tense bespoke [ ˈspəuk US ˈspouk] past participle bespoken [ ˈspəukən US ˈspou ] literary to be a sign of something …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17bespeak — be|speak [ bı spik ] (past tense be|spoke [ bı spouk ] ; past participle be|spo|ken [ bı spoukən ] ) verb transitive LITERARY to be evidence of something …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18bespeak — v. a. == speak against a thing. RG. 524, 550. AS. be spræcan == agree upon a thing. O. and N. 1736 …

    Oldest English Words

  • 19bespeak — [[t]bɪspi͟ːk[/t]] bespeaks, bespeaking, bespoke, bespoken VERB If someone s action or behaviour bespeaks a particular quality, feeling, or experience, it shows that quality, feeling, or experience. [LITERARY, OLD FASHIONED] [V n] The tone of his&#8230; …

    English dictionary

  • 20bespeak — be·speak || bɪ spiːk v. reserve in advance; order goods or services; show, bear witness …

    English contemporary dictionary