bespeak

verb
be·​speak | \ bi-ˈspēk How to pronounce bespeak (audio) , bē- \
bespoke\ bi-​ˈspōk How to pronounce bespeak (audio) , bē-​ \; bespoken\ bi-​ˈspō-​kən How to pronounce bespeak (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web To several local Native American tribes, including the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, the Ventura County site’s cave drawings and rock shelters bespeak a cultural heritage dating back centuries. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Yes, Santa Susana is a ‘landmark’ — as a historic environmental disaster," 27 Oct. 2020 The UC Davis researchers, from the school’s Violence Prevention Project, found that the fears driving the surge in gun sales bespeak a nation suffering a potentially serious crisis of confidence. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "About 110,000 Californians have bought a gun since the coronavirus arrived, study says," 17 Oct. 2020 For a contemporary American reader, there are a few jarring moments that bespeak the author’s ignorance, or worse, of black American life (not least of which is a black character named Odysseus Cotton). Andrew Martin, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 15 Sep. 2020 His playing bespoke an investment in the entire lineage of jazz trumpet playing. Giovanni Russonello, BostonGlobe.com, "Wallace Roney, jazz trumpet virtuoso," 2 Apr. 2020 However, the game isn't due until September 17 after a delay pushed it back from its original April release, which is likely the reason behind the timing of Nvidia’s bespoke GPU. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "You can't buy Nvidia's ultra-rare GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition, but you can win it," 18 Feb. 2020 The many positive responses on social media bespeak considerable support for his take-no-prisoners public attitude toward gang members who exert de facto control of entire neighborhoods and towns. Los Angeles Times, "El Salvador’s president accused of using coronavirus to bolster autocratic agenda," 30 Apr. 2020 His playing bespoke an investment in the entire lineage of jazz trumpet playing. Giovanni Russonello, BostonGlobe.com, "Wallace Roney, jazz trumpet virtuoso," 2 Apr. 2020 His playing bespoke an investment in the entire lineage of jazz trumpet playing. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Wallace Roney, Jazz Trumpet Virtuoso, Is Dead at 59," 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bespeak

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bespeak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bespeak. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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bespeak

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bespeak

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

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