be·​speak | \bi-ˈspēk, bē-\
bespoke\ bi-​ˈspōk , bē-​ \; bespoken\ bi-​ˈspō-​kən , bē-​ \; bespeaking

Definition of bespeak 

transitive verb

1 : to hire, engage, or claim beforehand

2 : to speak to especially with formality : address

3 : request bespeak a favor

4a : indicate, signify her performance bespeaks considerable practice

b : to show beforehand : foretell

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Examples of bespeak in a Sentence

Her newest album bespeaks a great talent for writing songs. bespoke the rental car weeks in advance of their trip

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Lulu Frost is known for her custom vintage pieces, statement necklaces and bespoke approach to jewels—many of which have sold out in days. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lulu Frost Opens Store & DIY Bar in NYC," 11 Nov. 2014 Starcast Interesting times begin Monday with a Venus/Neptune square that bespeaks deceit or at least delusion regarding social or financial issues. Minerva, San Francisco Chronicle, "Minerva’s horoscope for week of May 6," 6 May 2018 Here’s a theory for you: Disgust is thought to be an evolutionary adaptation to keep us from harm, and a bare male foot bespeaks vulnerability. Bobby Doherty, The Cut, "The Great Mandals Debate," 12 June 2018 Meghan’s McCartney wedding dress in a high-neck style bespoke lily white wedding dress made of silk crepe, according to a Royal Family release. Cady Lang, Time, "Meghan Markle Wears Stella McCartney for Her Wedding Reception Dress. Here's What We Know," 19 May 2018 For her wedding reception, the former actress stepped out in a custom white bespoke lily high neck gown made of silk crepe by Stella McCartney. Alexia Fernandez,, "Troian Bellisario & Abigail Spencer Celebrate Meghan Markle Organizing Slippers for Wedding Guests," 19 May 2018 The more intricate, extravagant, and bespoke the fascinator, the more it costs, which is why these accessories have long featured hefty price tags. Aubrey Almanza, Allure, "The Bizarre History of Fascinators and Why People Wear Them to Royal Weddings," 18 May 2018 The Look: Meghan wore a two-piece cropped Emilia Wickstead bespoke suit for the afternoon service along with a matching black Philip Treacy fascinator. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Will Attend a Garden Party for Her First Event as a Newlywed," 14 May 2018 For Meghan’s bespoke bridal bouquet, Prince Harry picked a number of flowers from the couple’s private garden at their home in Kensington Palace. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Meghan and Prince Harry Did Something Special With Those Royal Wedding Flowers," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of bespeak

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bespeak

: to be evidence of (something) : to be a sign of (something)

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obstinately defiant of authority

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