Definition of be spoken for in US English:

be spoken for


  • 1Be already claimed, owned, or reserved.

    • ‘The limited edition issue will have a run of only 1500 issues, most of which have already been spoken for.’
    • ‘All but five of the 30 tables have already been spoken for.’
    • ‘In our house, the four dining chairs were spoken for before any of the visiting hordes arrived.’
    • ‘While it is confusing, it is critical to appreciate that the ‘old’ deposits have already been spoken for, with buying power previously exhausted in the purchase of financial sector IOUs and other liabilities.’
    • ‘‘Every bike we build is spoken for,’ says Chambers.’
    • ‘We came here for the cakes from the prize-winning Village Store, but they were spoken for and the bow-tied shopkeeper wouldn't take a bribe.’
    • ‘I've been busy trying to decide what to do with my $1500.00 cheque - or more realistically - when to spend the amount that has already been spoken for.’
    • ‘But this year is spoken for, and next year is already full.’
    • ‘Truly, every seat in the house was spoken for (shouted for, is more like it), and throngs waited by the door for their chance to join the boisterous, gesticulating masses.’
    • ‘I'm working on another one right now, a little over half done, which has already been spoken for and will be picked up tomorrow.’
    reserved, booked, set aside
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) already have a romantic commitment.
      ‘he knows Claudine is spoken for’
      • ‘Baptista, Gremio, and Tranio remain to discuss Bianca's hand in marriage, now that her sister is spoken for.’
      • ‘When placed behind the left ear, the wearer is spoken for.’
      • ‘There was one woman who was absolutely gorgeous, but she was spoken for - so she was out of bounds, that's one of my rules.’
      • ‘A female fell for a handsome rake who had already been spoken for; both the girls cuddled up to him, one on either side, hurling accusations over his head.’
      • ‘The two girls were spoken for, but they were really trying to get a woman for me.’
      • ‘He all but shouted out loud that he was spoken for and very happy to be.’
      • ‘Only the hot guy on his feet was spoken for, and the dopey guy who had a hobby of tripping over invisible objects was a mild stalker-like fixture in my life these days.’
      • ‘At the time, she wasn't completely positive he was spoken for.’
      • ‘He mother comes out and shoes him away, saying that the girl is spoken for by another man.’
      attached, going out with someone
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