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bespeak

Syllabification: be·speak
Pronunciation: /bəˈspēk
 
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Definition of bespeak in English:

verb (past bespoke; past participle bespoken)

[with object]
1(Of an appearance or action) suggest; be evidence of: the attractive tree-lined road bespoke money
More example sentences
  • This evidence, along with the centralized organization of labor, bespeaks a dramatic, rapid shift in sociopolitical organization.
  • His accent, body language and style of dress, his no-nonsense, cut-to-the-chase conversation all bespoke a powerful national culture.
  • That the papers do not form a cohesive whole bespeaks the great cultural variation of Africa and the ways that visual cultures arise from and affect many different aspects of everyday life.
Synonyms
indicate, be evidence of, be a sign of, denote, point to, testify to, evidence, reflect, demonstrate, show, manifest, display, signify;
reveal, betray
informal spell
literary betoken
2Order or reserve (something) in advance: obtaining the affidavits that it has been necessary to bespeak
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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: and in disgrace bespoke him thus
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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.

Origin

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

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