bespeak

verb be·speak \ bi-ˈspēk , bē- \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of bespeak

bespoke play \-ˈspōk\; bespoken play \-ˈspō-kən\; bespeaking
1 : to hire, engage, or claim beforehand
2 : to speak to especially with formality : address
3 : request
  • bespeak a favor
4 a : indicate, signify
  • her performance bespeaks considerable practice
b : to show beforehand : foretell

Examples of bespeak in a Sentence

  1. Her newest album bespeaks a great talent for writing songs.

  2. bespoke the rental car weeks in advance of their trip

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First Known Use of bespeak

1533

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BESPEAK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of bespeak for English Language Learners

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



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