“When you're a smaller brand, you have to take advantage of these opportunities,” said Liam Fayed of menswear label bespoken.
A few days afterward, Mr. Vincent went to Gray, the jeweller, for some trinkets which he had bespoken.
Bartemy and I have bespoken an eel pie and a gallon of humming cider of Normandy.
"It is all bespoken, every thing that you bring," she said to the Scotchman.
I have bespoken a Miscellany: what would you have me do more?
Cecilia looked startled; she was well aware that Helen did not know the high price of what she had bespoken.
Mr. Wilton's conversation, you see, is all bespoken already.
Every team in Rosewater was bespoken for the distinguished occasion, and the reports of the weather bureau were consulted daily.
If my heart were not bespoken, I'm sure I should give it to her.
The strangers' room at all the clubs has been bespoken this night for weeks.
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]