Bespeak

Definition of Bespeak

Be`speak´
v. t.1.To speak or arrange for beforehand; to order or engage against a future time; as, to bespeak goods, a right, or a favor.
[imp. Bespoke ( ), Bespake (Archaic); p. p. Bespoke, Bespoken ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bespeaking.]
Concluding, naturally, that to gratify his avarice was to bespeak his favor.
- Sir W. Scott.
2.To show beforehand; to foretell; to indicate.
[They] bespoke dangers . . . in order to scare the allies.
- Swift.
3.To betoken; to show; to indicate by external marks or appearances.
When the abbot of St. Martin was born, he had so little the figure of a man that it bespoke him rather a monster.
- Locke.
4.To speak to; to address.
He thus the queen bespoke.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To speak.
n.1.A bespeaking. Among actors, a benefit (when a particular play is bespoken.

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