Definitions for bespeak
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bespeak.
bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signalverb
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"
request, bespeak, call for, questverb
express the need or desire for; ask for
"She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
A request for a specific performance; a benefit performance, by a patron.
To speak about; tell of; relate; discuss.
To speak for beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for; order or reserve in advance.
to bespeak a seat in a theatre
To stipulate, solicit, ask for, or request, as in a favour.
To forbode; foretell.
To speak to; address.
He thus the queen bespoke. uE000179487uE001 Dryden.
To betoken; show; indicate; foretell; suggest.
To speak up or out; exclaim; speak.
Etymology: From bespeken, bispeken, from *, besprecan, from bisprekanan, equivalent to. Cognate with bespeke, besprekke, bespreken, besprechen.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
I bespoke, or bespake; I have bespoke, or bespoken.
Etymology: from speak.
If you will marry, make your loves to me;
My lady is bespoke. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Here is the cap your worship did bespeak. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.
When Baboon came to Strutt’s estate, his tradesmen waited upon him, to bespeak his custom. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.
A heavy writer was to be encouraged, and accordingly many thousand copies were bespoke. Jonathan Swift.
My preface looks as if I were afraid of my reader, by so tedious a bespeaking of him. Dryden.
Thy started fears bespoke dangers, and formed ominous prognosticks, in order to scare the allies. Jonathan Swift, Examin. №. 45.
With hearty words her knight she ’gan to chear,
And, in her modest manner, thus bespake,
Dear knight. Fairy Queen, b. i. cant. i. stanz. 8.
At length with indignation thus he broke
His awful silence, and the powers bespoke. Dryden.
Then staring on her with a ghastly look,
And hollow voice, he thus the queen bespoke. Dryden.
When the abbot of St. Martin was born, he had so little of the figure of a man, that it bespoke him rather a monster. John Locke.
He has dispatch’d me hence,
With orders that bespeak a mind compos’d. Joseph Addison, Cato.
Bespeak generally means to suggest, indicate, or signify something. It can also refer to ordering or arranging for something in advance.
to speak or arrange for beforehand; to order or engage against a future time; as, to bespeak goods, a right, or a favor
to show beforehand; to foretell; to indicate
to betoken; to show; to indicate by external marks or appearances
to speak to; to address
a bespeaking. Among actors, a benefit (when a particular play is bespoken.)
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
be-spēk′, v.t. to speak for or engage beforehand: to stipulate or ask for: to betoken.—v.i. (obs.) to speak:—pa.t. bespōke′; pa.p. bespōke′ and bespōk′en.—n. an actor's benefit, so called because the actor's friends and patrons bespeak or choose the piece to be performed that night.
The numerical value of bespeak in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of bespeak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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- reservieren, bitten um, zeigen, arrangieren, ansprechen, diskutieren, anfragen, erbitten, anzeigen, besprechen, bekanntgeben, aussprechen, vorhersagen, sich richten an, mitteilen, buchen, hinweisen auf, vorbestellen, voraussagenGerman
- отражать, резервировать, обращаться, предсказывать, бронировать, просить, восклицать, обсуждать, показыватьRussian
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