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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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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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|Adj.||1.||bespoken - (of clothing) custom-made|
|2.||bespoken - pledged to be married; "the engaged couple"|
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