Bespake



simple past tense of bespeak.
to ask for in advance:
to bespeak the reader’s patience.
to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for:
to bespeak a seat in a theater.
Literary. to speak to; address.
to show; indicate:
This bespeaks a kindly heart.
Obsolete. to foretell; forebode.
Historical Examples

These two smiled on him and bespake him kindly, but would not help him when he bade them set shoulder to her bows and shove.
The Story of the Glittering Plain William Morris

Then it was that suitors caught a glimpse of their future brides, and received glances which bespake love.
The Story of Moscow Wirt Gerrare

By your leave, Master Seldom, have you done the hangers I bespake for the knight?
A Select Collection of Old English Plays (11 of 15) W. Carew Hazlitt

verb (transitive) -speaks, -speaking, -spoke, -spoken, -spoke
to engage, request, or ask for in advance
to indicate or suggest: this act bespeaks kindness
(poetic) to speak to; address
(archaic) to foretell
v.

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]

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