bespoke

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

Origin:
1745–55 for def 2

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bespeak

[bih-speek]
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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bespeak (bɪˈspiːk)
 
vb , -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)
 
adj
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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bespoke
"custom or custom-made, made to order," of goods, as distinguished from ready-made, 1755, earlier bespoken (c.1600), pp. 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
O.E. besprecan "speak about, speak against, complain," from be- + 'sprecan "to speak" (see speak). A common Germanic compound (cf. O.S. bisprecan, Du. bespreken, O.H.G. bisprehhan, Ger. 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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bespoke definition


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Example sentences
Education moved from a bespoke craft to a more industrial approach.
The dealers have long argued that bespoke swaps do not belong on bourses.
Bespoke bugs that excrete drug precursors or convert cellulose to ethanol.
Help to get welfare recipients into work is to become bespoke.
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