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Definition of the noun bespeak

What does bespeak mean as a name of something?


  1. A request for a specific performance, by a patron.

Definition of the verb bespeak

What does bespeak mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bespoke, bespoken

  1. be a signal for or a symptom of
  2. express the need or desire for

Alternative definition of the verb bespeak


  1. To order or reserve in advance.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for bespeak

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Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang (2003)

by Eric Partridge

bespeak- night . (Theatrical) a benefit performance: from the mid-1830s; ob. Ex bespeak, to choose, arrange, the actor's friends choosing the play. Often abbr. to bespeak (as ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

BESPEAK", Be and speak. See SPEAk. BESPEAK'E.R. } to bespeak is not merely ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations ... Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson ... Whith Numerous Corrections, and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words ... by the Rev. H.J. Todd ... In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. [-4.] (1818)


Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language ... Abstracted from the folio edition of the author ... Fourteenth edition, corrected, etc (1828)

- - Z', BESPEAK. v. a. [from speak.] To order or intreat any thing beforehand, or against a future time. Swift. To make way by a previous apology. Dryd. To forebode, Swift. To speak to ; to address. Dryd. To betoken; to show.

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Bespeak Meaning

Video shows what bespeak means. To speak about; tell of; relate; discuss.. To speak for beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for; order or ...

Quotes about bespeak

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. (John Bunyan)
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Scrabble value of B3E1S1P3E1A1K5

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of BESPEAK

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