Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To predict.
  • transitive v. To arrange for in advance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To foretell; to predict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. See forspeak.
  • transitive v. To foretell; to predict.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To foresay; foretell or predict.
  • To engage beforehand; buy a thing before it is in the market; bespeak: as, that calf is forespoken.
  • See forspeak.

Etymologies

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fore- +‎ speak

Examples

  • He thought himself more specially a seer, and in his prayer after the failure of his friends, the murderers of Riccio, he congratulates himself on being favoured above the common sort of his brethren, and privileged to "forespeak" things, in an unique degree.

    John Knox and the Reformation

  • "knowledge above the common sort of my brethren" (pride has crept in again!), and has been compelled to "forespeak," or prophesy.

    John Knox and the Reformation

  • And see Things pass'd, and Things to come forespeak.

    A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies

  • “Do not forespeak us, brother,” said Angus; “that is not lucky.”

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Those, meanwhile, who knew anything that boded ill, concealed it, lest they might seem to forespeak ill-luck.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Thou hast compelled me to forespeak, as well deliverance to the afflicted, as destruction to certain inobedient, the performance whereof, not I alone, but the very blind world has already seen.

    John Knox

  • He thought himself more specially a seer, and in his prayer after the failure of his friends, the murderers of Riccio, he congratulates himself on being favoured above the common sort of his brethren, and privileged to “forespeak” things, in an unique degree.

    John Knox and the Reformation

  • ` ` Do not forespeak us, brother, '' said Angus; ` ` that is not lucky. ''

    A Legend of Montrose

  • No doubt Isolina had heard her captors forespeak their plans.

    The War Trail The Hunt of the Wild Horse

  • “knowledge above the common sort of my brethren” (pride has crept in again!), and has been compelled to “forespeak,” or prophesy.

    John Knox and the Reformation

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