Permit me most earnestly to bespeak this confidence, as we pursue our investigations in respect to the Will.
I hate to tell you, but as I wish to bespeak your kind offices, I must do so.
It is one which would follow that of your public life and bespeak it the work of the same great hand.
The reply of Ossaroo did not bespeak any very sanguine hope on his part.
Please to bespeak something else; I have everything in the house.
The colour of his skin, with the moustache, bespeak him a white man, and not an Indian.
In surrendering myself and those under my command, I bespeak for the others an immunity from all vexatious detention.
Was there one, even one, whose counsel he could ask, or whose assistance he could bespeak?
The Colonel is a fine man for County Judge, and we bespeak for him the suffrages of every voter who wants an honest judiciary.
They bespeak more than concerns the interests of our country.
Old English besprecan "speak about, speak against, complain," from be- + sprecan "to speak" (see speak). A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon bisprecan, Dutch bespreken, Old High German bisprehhan, German besprechen); originally "to call out," it evolved a wide range of meaning in English, including "speak up," "oppose," "request," "discuss, "arrange," and "to order (goods)" (1580s).
The connection of the senses is very loose; some of them appear to have arisen quite independently of each other from different applications of BE- pref. [OED]