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bespeak


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bespeak  \Be*speak"\,  v.  i. 
  To  speak.  [Obs.]  --Milton. 
 
  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 
  favor. 
 
  Concluding,  naturally,  that  to  gratify  his  avarice 
  was  to  bespeak  his  favor.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  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 
  appearances. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bespeak  \Be*speak"\,  n. 
  A  bespeaking.  Among  actors,  a  benefit  (when  a  particular  play 
  is  bespoken.)  ``The  night  of  her  bespeak.''  --Dickens. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bespeak 
  v  1:  be  a  signal  for  or  a  symptom  of  "These  symptoms  indicate  a 
  serious  illness"  [syn:  {betoken},  {indicate},  {point},  {signal}] 
  2:  express  the  need  or  desire  for  ask  for  "She  requested  an 
  extra  bed  in  her  room"  [syn:  {request},  {call  for},  {quest}] 




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