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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Definitions for bespeak

  1. To show; indicate.
  2. To ask for in advance.
  3. To reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for.

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Citations for bespeak
Let the crooked flower bespeak its purpose in straightness — to seek the light. Allen Ginsberg, Journals Mid-Fifties
In the execution of this universal gesture, most people bring down their thumb to signify the hammer's dropping, but Sean actually pulls his trigger finger, which I find much more threatening, since it seems to bespeak a genuine familiarity with the real thing. Jonathan Tropper, The Book of Joe
Origin of bespeak
900
Bespeak is derived from the Old English word besprecan. It developed a wide range of meanings, such as request, discuss, or arrange.