AskDefine | Define bespeak

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1 be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued" [syn: betoken, indicate, point, signal]
2 express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service" [syn: request, call for, quest] [also: bespoken, bespoke]

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  • [bɪ'spiːk]


  1. To order or reserve in advance.


  1. A request for a specific performance, by a patron.


  • 1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby
    "By the bye, I've been thinking of bringing out that piece of yours on her bespeak night."
    "When?", asked Nicholas.
    "The night of her bespeak. Her benefit night. When her friends and patrons bespeak the play."
    "Oh! I understand", replied Nicholas.

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