Definition of be spoken for in US English:

be spoken for

phrase

  • 1Be already claimed, owned, or reserved.

    • ‘In our house, the four dining chairs were spoken for before any of the visiting hordes arrived.’
    • ‘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'm working on another one right now, a little over half done, which has already been spoken for and will be picked up tomorrow.’
    • ‘‘Every bike we build is spoken for,’ says Chambers.’
    • ‘But this year is spoken for, and next year is already full.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All but five of the 30 tables have already been spoken for.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The limited edition issue will have a run of only 1500 issues, most of which have already been spoken for.’
    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’
      • ‘The two girls were spoken for, but they were really trying to get a woman for me.’
      • ‘When placed behind the left ear, the wearer is spoken for.’
      • ‘He mother comes out and shoes him away, saying that the girl is spoken for by another man.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the time, she wasn't completely positive he was spoken for.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Baptista, Gremio, and Tranio remain to discuss Bianca's hand in marriage, now that her sister is spoken for.’
      • ‘He all but shouted out loud that he was spoken for and very happy to be.’
      attached, going out with someone
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