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[fawr-speek, fohr-]
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verb (used with object), fore·spoke or (Archaic) fore·spake; fore·spo·ken or (Archaic) fore·spoke; fore·speak·ing.
  1. to predict; foretell.
  2. to ask for or claim in advance.
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Origin of forespeak

First recorded in 1250–1300, forespeak is from the Middle English word forespeken. See fore-, speak
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Related Words for forespeak

foresee, envision, conclude, anticipate, forecast, call, think, figure, prophesy, portend, vaticinate, prognosticate, surmise, guess, forebode, presage, infer, conjecture, read, adumbrate

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Historical Examples of forespeak

  • She stood at the pier-head and as they passed poured a cup of ale into the sea, to forespeak good luck for the fleet.

    Jan Vedder's Wife

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

British Dictionary definitions for forespeak


verb -speaks, -speaking, -spoke or -spoken (tr) rare
  1. to predict; foresee
  2. to arrange or speak of in advance
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