bespoken

bespoken

[bih-spohkuhn]

Origin:
1600–10 for def 2

unbespoken, adjective
well-bespoken, adjective
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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

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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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