bespeak

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bespeak express the need or desire for; ask for "She requested an extra bed in her room","She called for room service"
    • v bespeak be a signal for or a symptom of "These symptoms indicate a serious illness","Her behavior points to a severe neurosis","The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bespeak A bespeaking. Among actors, a benefit (when a particular play is bespoken "The night of her bespeak ."
    • Bespeak 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."
    • Bespeak To show beforehand; to foretell; to indicate. "They bespoke dangers . . . in order to scare the allies."
    • Bespeak To speak or arrange for beforehand; to order or engage against a future time; as, to bespeak goods, a right, or a favor. "Concluding, naturally, that to gratify his avarice was to bespeak his favor."
    • Bespeak To speak to; to address. "He thus the queen bespoke ."
    • v. i Bespeak To speak.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bespeak To speak for beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: as, to bespeak a place in a theater.
    • bespeak To stipulate, solicit, or ask for, as a favor: as, to bespeak a calm hearing.
    • bespeak To forebode; foretell.
    • bespeak To speak to; address.
    • bespeak To betoken; show; indicate, as by signs.
    • bespeak To speak up or out; exclaim; speak.
    • n bespeak Among actors in Great Britain, a benefit: so called from the bespeaking of patronage by the actors, or of the play by the patrons. See benefit, 5.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bespeak be-spēk′ to speak for or engage beforehand: to stipulate or ask for: to betoken
    • v.i Bespeak (obs.) to speak:—pa.t. bespōke′; pa.p. bespōke′ and bespōk′en
    • n Bespeak an actor's benefit, so called because the actor's friends and patrons bespeak or choose the piece to be performed that night
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bispeken, AS. besprecan, to speak to, accuse; pref. be-, + sprecan, to speak. See Speak

Usage

In literature:

Her wings bespeak my faith, her songs my peace; When I believe and sing, my doubtings cease.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
What depths of awful wickedness it would bespeak!
"Old Groans and New Songs" by F. C. Jennings
Those bloody splashes bespeaking Alden's pressing need urged him on.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Then out went the old woman to bespeak 'em a coffin, And when she came back she found 'em all a-loffeing.
"Rhymes Old and New" by M.E.S. Wright
His whole body bespeaks it.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Her skin is soft and fair as a child's, bespeaking health and good red blood.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
This is the point to which I would at present especially bespeak the reader's attention.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
To hear Michael bespeak a private room was a second and a still greater.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I wish to bespeak your good offices for what they may require.
"Gold" by Stewart White
With all those men at the Towers, I shall have to bespeak Tom Kettering and the mare.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The progeny of James the First sufficiently bespeak their family resemblance.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
I am come here to bespeak Fanny a seal.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
His contracted brow bespeaks his contracted brain.
"Talkers" by John Bate
And such are most of those to which we are now bespeaking our readers' attention.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
A proud bearing seemed to bespeak a consciousness of his own merit, or at least of his position.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
That's noble, and bespeaks a nation proud And jealous of the blessing.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
These ancient bulletin boards bespeak the country as eloquently as do the hayfields.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
These multifarious occupations bespeak (in a native and an absolute prince) unusual activity of mind.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The title bespeaks Allegory; and the machinery which justifies the allegory, as usual is a Dream.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 355, May 1845" by Various
Generally, their manifest crudity bespeaks the poor quality and coarseness of their make.
"The Oriental Rug" by William D. Ellwanger
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In poetry:

Therefore with yearnings vain
And fond I still would fain
A kindly judgment seek,
A tender thought bespeak.
"An Autograph" by John Greenleaf Whittier
III Disappointment ‘The bliss which woman's charms bespeak,
‘I've sought in many, found in none!’
‘In many 'tis in vain you seek
‘What can be found in only one.’
"The Angel In The House. Book II. Canto IX." by Coventry Patmore
PRIOR.
Your zeal bespeaks you fair. In your deep eyes
A mystic fervor shines; yet your scarred flesh
And shrunken limbs denote exhausted nature,
Collapsing under discipline.
"The Dance To Death. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
"Next day the Pleacemen came—
Rewenge it was their plann—
And from my good old dame
They took her tailor-mann:
And the hard hard beak did me bespeak
To Newgit in the Wann.
"The Three Christmas Waits" by William Makepeace Thackeray
This pretty bird, O! how she flies and sings,
But could she do so if she had not wings?
Her wings bespeak my faith, her songs my peace;
When I believe and sing my doubtings cease.
"Upon The Swallow" by John Bunyan
Sweetheart, be my sweetheart
When birds are on the wing,
When bee and bud and babbling flood
Bespeak the birth of spring,
Come, sweetheart, be my sweetheart
And wear this posy-ring!
"Be My Sweetheart" by Eugene Field

In news:

Others have groused that the newer bars -- like the obsessions with muscles and clothing that symbolize the Chelsea gay scene -- bespeak a growing complacency among some gay men about political issues.
The rickety timbre of his voice over the telephone bespeaks a man who has repeatedly cheated death.
John Kuntz, The Plain Dealer Exposed wood, open beams and endless rustic touches bespeak Ken Stewart's Lodge legacy.
Wholesome and guileless, it reflects none of the cynicism or meanness that bespeak our harsh times.
Throughout there are either violent incidents or situations bespeaking violence that will be disturbing to young children.
It is one of those gladiator rituals that bespeaks a fighter's composure and confidence.
A man whose visage bespeaks the evil perpetrated as his life's mission.
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In science:

Entropy is relevant because it is a measure of randomness. A low value bespeaks organization and electron degeneracy.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
There are two Kℓ3 form factors, bespeaking the fact that the strangeness changing current is not conserved, and has a longitudinal as well as a transverse part.
Strange mesons and kaon-to-pion transition form factors from holography
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