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Meaning of BESPEAK

Pronunciation:  bi'speek

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
  2. [v]  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"

BESPEAK is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: betoken, call for, indicate, point, quest, request, signal
 See Also: appeal, apply, arrogate, ask, ask in, ask out, ask over, ask round, augur, auspicate, beg, beg off, bode, book, call, challenge, claim, communicate, demand, desire, encore, excuse, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, hold, invite out, invoke, lay claim, mark, omen, order, pass, pass on, petition, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate, put across, reserve, solicit, supplicate, take out, tap, tell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Be*speak"\, v. t. [imp. {Bespoke}, {Bespake} (Archaic);
    p. p. {Bespoke}, {Bespoken}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bespeaking}.]
    [OE. bispeken, AS. besprecan, to speak to, accuse; pref. be-
    + sprecan to speak. See {Speak}.]
    1. To speak or arrange for beforehand; to order or engage
       against a future time; as, to bespeak goods, a right, or a
             Concluding, naturally, that to gratify his avarice
             was to bespeak his favor.             --Sir W.
    2. To show beforehand; to foretell; to indicate.
             [They] bespoke dangers . . . in order to scare the
             allies.                               --Swift.
    3. To betoken; to show; to indicate by external marks or
             When the abbot of St. Martin was born, he had so
             little the figure of a man that it bespoke him
             rather a monster.                     --Locke.
    4. To speak to; to address. [Poetic]
             He thus the queen bespoke.            --Dryden.
  2. \Be*speak"\, v. i.
    To speak. [Obs.] --Milton.
  3. \Be*speak"\, n.
    A bespeaking. Among actors, a benefit (when a particular play
    is bespoken.) ``The night of her bespeak.'' --Dickens.
Thesaurus Terms
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