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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Bespeak  \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.