bespeak


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be·speak

 (bĭ-spēk′)
tr.v. be·spoke (-spōk′), be·spo·ken (-spō′kən) or be·spoke, be·speak·ing, be·speaks
1.
a. To be or give a sign of; indicate: "Their impeccable coiffures bespoke a recent trip to the beauty parlor" (Daniel B. Silver). See Synonyms at indicate.
b. To foretell; portend: "He salutes them with a stricken look, as if their arrival bespeaks doom for him" (Edna O'Brien).
2.
a. To engage, hire, or order in advance: "Some of the volumes that she had just bespoken the bookseller was to send to foreign countries" (Henry James). See Synonyms at book1.
b. To request: bespeak a favor.
3. Archaic To speak to; address.

[Middle English bispeken, to speak out, from Old English besprecan, to speak about.]

bespeak

(bɪˈspiːk)
vb (tr) , -speaks, -speaking, -spoke, -spoken or -spoke
1. to engage, request, or ask for in advance
2. to indicate or suggest: this act bespeaks kindness.
3. poetic to speak to; address
4. archaic to foretell

be•speak

(bɪˈspik)

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.
3. to speak to formally; address.
4. to show; indicate: This bespeaks a kindly heart.
5. to foretell.
[before 900]

bespeak


Past participle: bespoken
Gerund: bespeaking

Imperative
bespeak
bespeak
Present
I bespeak
you bespeak
he/she/it bespeaks
we bespeak
you bespeak
they bespeak
Preterite
I bespoke
you bespoke
he/she/it bespoke
we bespoke
you bespoke
they bespoke
Present Continuous
I am bespeaking
you are bespeaking
he/she/it is bespeaking
we are bespeaking
you are bespeaking
they are bespeaking
Present Perfect
I have bespoken
you have bespoken
he/she/it has bespoken
we have bespoken
you have bespoken
they have bespoken
Past Continuous
I was bespeaking
you were bespeaking
he/she/it was bespeaking
we were bespeaking
you were bespeaking
they were bespeaking
Past Perfect
I had bespoken
you had bespoken
he/she/it had bespoken
we had bespoken
you had bespoken
they had bespoken
Future
I will bespeak
you will bespeak
he/she/it will bespeak
we will bespeak
you will bespeak
they will bespeak
Future Perfect
I will have bespoken
you will have bespoken
he/she/it will have bespoken
we will have bespoken
you will have bespoken
they will have bespoken
Future Continuous
I will be bespeaking
you will be bespeaking
he/she/it will be bespeaking
we will be bespeaking
you will be bespeaking
they will be bespeaking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bespeaking
you have been bespeaking
he/she/it has been bespeaking
we have been bespeaking
you have been bespeaking
they have been bespeaking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bespeaking
you will have been bespeaking
he/she/it will have been bespeaking
we will have been bespeaking
you will have been bespeaking
they will have been bespeaking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bespeaking
you had been bespeaking
he/she/it had been bespeaking
we had been bespeaking
you had been bespeaking
they had been bespeaking
Conditional
I would bespeak
you would bespeak
he/she/it would bespeak
we would bespeak
you would bespeak
they would bespeak
Past Conditional
I would have bespoken
you would have bespoken
he/she/it would have bespoken
we would have bespoken
you would have bespoken
they would have bespoken
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bespeak - be a signal for or a symptom ofbespeak - be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
augur, auspicate, bode, omen, portend, foreshadow, presage, prognosticate, predict, prefigure, betoken, forecast, foretell - indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"
mark - designate as if by a mark; "This sign marks the border"
tell - let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
2.bespeak - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
communicate, pass along, put across, pass on, pass - transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to all employees"; "pass along the good news"
order - make a request for something; "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"
ask - make a request or demand for something to somebody; "She asked him for a loan"
encore - request an encore, from a performer
petition - write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing
demand - request urgently and forcefully; "The victim's family is demanding compensation"; "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately"; "She demanded to see the manager"
appeal, invoke - request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection; "appeal to somebody for help"; "Invoke God in times of trouble"
supplicate - ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer; "supplicate God's blessing"
apply - ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"
solicit, beg, tap - make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
reserve - obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance; "We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"
challenge - ask for identification; "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"
beg off, excuse - ask for permission to be released from an engagement
demand - ask to be informed of; "I demand an explanation"
claim - ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example; "They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"
call for, invite - request the participation or presence of; "The organizers invite submissions of papers for the conference"
ask in, invite - ask to enter; "We invited the neighbors in for a cup of coffee"
desire - express a desire for
beg - ask to obtain free; "beg money and food"
arrogate, lay claim, claim - demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to; "He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter"; "Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident"
ask over, ask round, invite - invite someone to one's house; "Can I invite you for dinner on Sunday night?"
call - call a meeting; invite or command to meet; "The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'"; "The new dean calls meetings every week"
ask out, invite out, take out - make a date; "Has he asked you out yet?"
book, reserve, hold - arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"

bespeak

verb
1. indicate, show, suggest, evidence, reveal, display, predict, imply, exhibit, proclaim, signify, denote, testify to, foretell, evince, betoken His large ears bespeak his ability to hear all.
2. engage, solicit, prearrange, order beforehand I'm already bespoken to take you tomorrow morning.

bespeak

verb
1. To give grounds for believing in the existence or presence of:
2. To cause to be set aside, as for one's use, in advance:
3. Archaic. To talk to an audience formally:
Translations

bespeak

(o.f.) [bɪˈspiːk] (bespoke (pt) (bespoken or bespoke (pp))) VT
1. (= be evidence of) → indicar
2. (= order) [+ goods] → encargar, reservar

bespeak

[bɪˈspiːk] vt (literary) (= indicate) [+ quality, feeling] → témoigner de

bespeak

pret <bespoke or (old) bespake>, ptp <bespoken or bespoke>
vt
(= indicate)verraten, erkennen lassen
(old, = reserve) → reservieren lassen, bestellen
References in classic literature ?
She seems a most valuable woman indeed--Her house, her style of living, all bespeak an exceeding good income; and it is an acquaintance that has not only been of great use to you hitherto, but in the end may prove materially advantageous.
You needn't bespeak contempt, Linton: anybody will have it spontaneously at your service.
He wept; but so far recovered, almost immediately, as to ring the bell for the waiter, and bespeak a hot kidney pudding and a plate of shrimps for breakfast in the morning.
She had already unclasped two costly bracelets and a collar, which she hastened to proffer to the supposed outlaw, concluding naturally that to gratify his avarice was to bespeak his favour.
The second way is for my lawyer to make my cause appear as unjust as he can, by allowing the cow to belong to my adversary: and this, if it be skilfully done, will certainly bespeak the favour of the bench.
You had better therefore take a good rest whilst I go to see some friends, and as the time is near for the arrival of the ship of which I told you I will make inquiries about it, and try to bespeak a passage for you.