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[v] express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
[v] be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"

Misc. Definitions

\Be*speak"\, v. t. [imp. {Bespoke}, {Bespake} (Archaic); p. p. {Bespoke}, {Bespoken}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bespeaking}.] [OE. bispeken, AS. besprecan, to speak to, accuse; pref. be- + sprecan to speak. See {Speak}.]
1. To speak or arrange for beforehand; to order or engage against a future time; as, to bespeak goods, a right, or a favor. Concluding, naturally, that to gratify his avarice was to bespeak his favor. --Sir W. Scott.
2. To show beforehand; to foretell; to indicate. [They] bespoke dangers . . . in order to scare the allies. --Swift.
3. To betoken; to show; to indicate by external marks or appearances. When the abbot of St. Martin was born, he had so little the figure of a man that it bespoke him rather a monster. --Locke.
4. To speak to; to address. [Poetic] He thus the queen bespoke. --Dryden.
\Be*speak"\, v. i. To speak. [Obs.] --Milton.
\Be*speak"\, n. A bespeaking. Among actors, a benefit (when a particular play is bespoken.) ``The night of her bespeak.'' --Dickens.

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