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



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 OriginOld English bisprecan ‘speak up, speak out’ (see be-, speak), later ‘discuss, decide on’, hence ‘order’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bespeak