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Definition of bespeak verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bespeak

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪˈspiːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈspiːk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bespeak
BrE BrE//bɪˈspiːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈspiːk//
 
he / she / it bespeaks
BrE BrE//bɪˈspiːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈspiːks//
 
past simple bespoke
BrE BrE//bɪˈspəʊk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈspoʊk//
 
past participle bespoken
BrE BrE//ˈspəʊkən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspoʊkən//
 
-ing form bespeaking
BrE BrE//bɪˈspiːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈspiːkɪŋ//
 
 
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bespeak something (literary) to show or suggest something His style of dressing bespoke great self-confidence. Word Origin Old English bisprecan ‘speak up, speak out’ (see be-, speak), later ‘discuss, decide on’, hence ‘order’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bespeak