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bespoke

[bih-spohk] /bɪˈspoʊk/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of bespeak.
adjective
2.
British.
  1. (of clothes) made to individual order; custom-made:
    a bespoke jacket.
  2. making or selling such clothes:
    a bespoke tailor.
3.
Older Use. engaged to be married; spoken for.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55 for def 2

bespeak

[bih-speek] /bɪˈspik/
verb (used with object), bespoke or (Archaic) bespake; bespoken or bespoke; bespeaking.
1.
to ask for in advance:
to bespeak the reader's patience.
2.
to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for:
to bespeak a seat in a theater.
3.
Literary. to speak to; address.
4.
to show; indicate:
This bespeaks a kindly heart.
5.
Obsolete. to foretell; forebode.
Origin
before 900; Middle English bespeken, Old English besprecan. See be-, speak
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British Dictionary definitions for be spoke

bespeak

/bɪˈspiːk/
verb (transitive) -speaks, -speaking, -spoke, -spoken, -spoke
1.
to engage, request, or ask for in advance
2.
to indicate or suggest: this act bespeaks kindness
3.
(poetic) to speak to; address
4.
(archaic) to foretell

bespoke

/bɪˈspəʊk/
adjective (mainly Brit)
1.
(esp of clothing or a website, computer program, etc) made to the customer's specifications
2.
making or selling such clothing, websites, etc: a bespoke tailor, a bespoke web designer
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Word Origin and History for be spoke

bespoke

adj.

"custom or custom-made, made to order," of goods, as distinguished from ready-made, 1755, the same sense found earlier in bespoken (c.1600), past participle of bespeak, in a sense of "to speak for, to arrange beforehand," a sense attested in bespeak from 1580s. Now usually of tailored suits.

bespeak

v.

Old English besprecan "speak about, speak against, complain," from be- + sprecan "to speak" (see speak). A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon bisprecan, Dutch bespreken, Old High German bisprehhan, German besprechen); originally "to call out," it evolved a wide range of meaning in English, including "speak up," "oppose," "request," "discuss, "arrange," and "to order (goods)" (1580s).

The connection of the senses is very loose; some of them appear to have arisen quite independently of each other from different applications of BE- pref. [OED]

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