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bespake

[bih-speyk]
verb Archaic.
  1. simple past tense of bespeak.
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bespeak

[bih-speek]
verb (used with object), be·spoke or (Archaic) be·spake; be·spo·ken or be·spoke; be·speak·ing.
  1. to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader's patience.
  2. to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater.
  3. Literary. to speak to; address.
  4. to show; indicate: This bespeaks a kindly heart.
  5. Obsolete. to foretell; forebode.
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Origin of bespeak

before 900; Middle English bespeken, Old English besprecan. See be-, speak
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for bespake

Historical Examples

  • 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

    William Morris

  • By your leave, Master Seldom, have you done the hangers I bespake for the knight?

  • Then it was that suitors caught a glimpse of their future brides, and received glances which bespake love.


British Dictionary definitions for bespake

bespeak

verb -speaks, -speaking, -spoke, -spoken or -spoke (tr)
  1. to engage, request, or ask for in advance
  2. to indicate or suggestthis act bespeaks kindness
  3. poetic to speak to; address
  4. archaic to foretell
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Word Origin and History for bespake

bespeak

v.

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]
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