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As he said this, he held up his hand to bespeak Martin's attention.

Was there one, even one, whose counsel he could ask, or whose assistance he could bespeak?

I hate to tell you, but as I wish to bespeak your kind offices, I must do so.

The reply of Ossaroo did not bespeak any very sanguine hope on his part.

The colour of his skin, with the moustache, bespeak him a white man, and not an Indian.

Please to bespeak something else; I have everything in the house.

They bespeak more than concerns the interests of our country.

These words are favorable; but do they bespeak actions of equal import?

The features, and formation of skull, bespeak Tartar extraction.

Let them speak now: let them bespeak themselves in weekday terms.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

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