Definition of bespeak in English:


Line breaks: be|speak
Pronunciation: /bɪˈspiːk

verb (past bespoke /-ˈspəʊk/; past participle bespoken /-ˈspəʊk(ə)n/)

[with object]
  • 2Order or reserve (something) in advance: the defendant’s insurers took steps to bespeak his medical records
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    • If the judgment of the trial on 22nd June was recorded, as it should have been, a transcript of it was never bespoken.
    • This day, poor Tom Pepys, the turner, was with me, and Kate Joyce, to bespeak places—one for himself, the other for her husband.
    • You will therefore wish me a good supper at Bill Hill, and I will remember to bespeak some roasted potatoes.
  • 3 archaic Speak to.
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    • And when he had found her, he bespoke her in this wise: "Lady, my garden boy hath assuredly gone entirely mad".
    • He bespoke her several times, but she was silent and answered him not a word; so he went out from her and going in to the Queen, told her what had passed between himself and the Lady.
    • He bespoke them now and then, I signaled that I understood, and we let it go at that.


Old English bisprecan 'speak up, speak out' (see be-, speak), later 'discuss, decide on', hence 'order' (sense 2, late 16th century).

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