- simple past tense of bespeak.
- to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader's patience.
- to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater.
- Literary. to speak to; address.
- to show; indicate: This bespeaks a kindly heart.
- Obsolete. to foretell; forebode.
Origin of bespeak
Related Words for bespakeimply, attest, exclaim, engage, show, hint, request, stipulate, discuss, speak, accost, foretell, argue, address, ask, announce, reserve, cite, arrange
Examples from the Web for bespake
Historical Examples of bespake
These two smiled on him and bespake him kindly, but would not help him when he bade them set shoulder to her bows and shove.The Story of the Glittering Plain
By your leave, Master Seldom, have you done the hangers I bespake for the knight?A Select Collection of Old English Plays (11 of 15)
W. Carew Hazlitt
Then it was that suitors caught a glimpse of their future brides, and received glances which bespake love.The Story of Moscow
- to engage, request, or ask for in advance
- to indicate or suggestthis act bespeaks kindness
- poetic to speak to; address
- archaic to foretell
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]