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Word of the Day: Bespeak

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Good evening and welcome to Word of the Day! A journey through the English vocabulary and the words that piqued my interest, in WotD we'll be learning a new word for each working day of the week, bar holidays, unless there's a holiday special...


Today's word is:



verb ( past bespoke ; past participle bespoken ) [ with obj. ]

  1. (of an appearance or action) Suggest; be evidence of: the attractive tree-lined road bespoke money.
  2. Order or reserve (something) in advance: obtaining the affidavits that it has been necessary to bespeak.
  3. [archaic] Speak to: and in disgrace bespoke him thus.

ORIGIN: Old English bisprecan 'speak up, speak out' , later 'discuss, decide on,' hence 'arrange, order'

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