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Definition of "bespeak" [be•speak]

  • To be or give a sign of; indicate. See Synonyms at indicate. (verb-transitive)
  • To engage, hire, or order in advance. See Synonyms at book. (verb-transitive)
  • To request: bespeak a favor. (verb-transitive)
  • To foretell; portend: fearful weapons that bespeak great loss of life. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To speak to; address. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bespeak" in a sentence
  • "The public duties to which he was often called bespeak his ability, and the confidence reposed in him by the leading men of his day."
  • "Ma’aruf was silent92 and did not again bespeak him till he reached the Desert Quarter and casting him down there, went away and left him in that horrible place. —"
  • "Both titles bespeak what our nation claims to stand for in education: a passion for imparting knowledge to all our children, equity for all students 'performance, and dedication and commitment from instructors to the ideals of universal education across the country."