Definition of bespeak in English:


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transitive verbbespoke, bespoken/bəˈspōk(ə)n/ /bəˈspoʊk(ə)n/

[with object]
  • 1(of an appearance or action) suggest; be evidence of.

    ‘the attractive tree-lined road bespoke money’
    • ‘This evidence, along with the centralized organization of labor, bespeaks a dramatic, rapid shift in sociopolitical organization.’
    • ‘His accent, body language and style of dress, his no-nonsense, cut-to-the-chase conversation all bespoke a powerful national culture.’
    • ‘That the papers do not form a cohesive whole bespeaks the great cultural variation of Africa and the ways that visual cultures arise from and affect many different aspects of everyday life.’
    • ‘As one might guess, the double-nature of this film's title bespeaks the double-nature of its narrative, its theme, and its major characters.’
    • ‘And her patrician demeanour bespeaks her standing in the sport over which she has reigned supreme for a period spanning three Olympics.’
    • ‘Its quiet elegance suggests a gentle man of few words; its simplicity bespeaks someone who lived plainly and worked hard.’
    • ‘Not that it was as bad, but to even raise the comparison bespeaks a very telling insecurity.’
    • ‘Conversely, the poetic imagery, slower pace, and more irregular forms of t'ai chi bespeak a more leisurely, aristocratic development, in which time could be taken and manuscripts kept.’
    • ‘They all bespeak a past that didn't have the Valley's problems of today that I'll muse about over the next few weeks.’
    • ‘In a related installation, an audio montage of individual accounts bespoke the personal and environmental impact of the disease.’
    • ‘The antiquities of the state bespoke an even remoter past and presented another promising field of inquiry.’
    • ‘But this bespeaks a remarkably narrow reading.’
    • ‘To suggest, on the contrary, that all scientists are uniformly motivated by anti-human sentiments bespeaks an extreme and unwarranted pessimism.’
    • ‘This bespeaks a progressive, enlightened court, hardly stifling and revolt-inducing.’
    • ‘The cotton-poly blend of the shirt with its circa 1970s design bespeaks a certain creative savvy.’
    • ‘The precision of the passage bespeaks a close, first hand knowledge of accounting born of practical experience.’
    • ‘The way in which a gentleman wears his waist-coat bespeaks much about his character.’
    • ‘Ideal and absurd, they bespeak a wonderfully eccentric imagination.’
    • ‘For every community and every people, the seasons of our joy and sorrow bespeak our deepest values.’
    • ‘Her jaw was square and had a set to it, which bespoke of centuries of feudal authority.’
    indicate, be an indication of, be evidence of, be a sign of, testify to, bear witness to, reflect, demonstrate, show, manifest, display, signify, denote, point to, evince, evidence
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  • 2Order or reserve (something) in advance.

    ‘obtaining the affidavits that it has been necessary to bespeak’
    • ‘If the judgment of the trial on 22nd June was recorded, as it should have been, a transcript of it was never bespoken.’
    • ‘This day, poor Tom Pepys, the turner, was with me, and Kate Joyce, to bespeak places—one for himself, the other for her husband.’
    • ‘You will therefore wish me a good supper at Bill Hill, and I will remember to bespeak some roasted potatoes.’
    • ‘Maybe you are researching your genealogy, which is a valid ground to bespeak a transcript of a birth certificate.’
    • ‘It is the duty of solicitors to bespeak the court file, if any, from the Registry to Court in time for such applications.’
  • 3 archaic Speak to.

    ‘and in disgrace bespoke him thus’
    • ‘And when he had found her, he bespoke her in this wise: "Lady, my garden boy hath assuredly gone entirely mad".’
    • ‘He bespoke her several times, but she was silent and answered him not a word; so he went out from her and going in to the Queen, told her what had passed between himself and the Lady.’
    • ‘He bespoke them now and then, I signaled that I understood, and we let it go at that.’
    • ‘“You fool,” she bespoke him as he began to break away, “you’ll surely perish in such weather regardless of your Coordinator capabilities”.’
    • ‘Finally he realized she could only hear him if he bespoke her out of doors.’



/bəˈspēk/ /bəˈspik/


Old English bisprecan ‘speak up, speak out’ (see be-, speak), later ‘discuss, decide on’, hence ‘order’ (bespeak (sense 2), late 16th century).