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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

bespeak

\bih-SPEEK\ , verb;
1.
To show; indicate.
2.
To ask for in advance.
3.
To reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for.
4.
Literary. To speak to; address.
5.
Obsolete. To foretell; forebode.
Quotes:
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:
Bespeak is derived from the Old English word besprecan. It developed a wide range of meanings, such as request, discuss, or arrange.
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