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Related to bespeak: pusillanimously
tr.v. be·spoke (-spōk′), be·spo·ken (-spō′kən) or be·spoke, be·speak·ing, be·speaks
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).
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.]
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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
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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.
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Past participle: bespoken
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|Verb||1.||bespeak - 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"
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"
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"
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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.
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1. To give grounds for believing in the existence or presence of:
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bespeak(o.f.) [bɪˈspiːk] (bespoke (pt) (bespoken or bespoke (pp))) VT
1. (= be evidence of) → indicar
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bespeak[bɪˈspiːk] vt (literary) (= indicate) [+ quality, feeling] → témoigner de
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bespeakpret <bespoke or (old) bespake>, ptp <bespoken or bespoke>
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