verb be a signal for or a symptom of
indicate; signal; betoken; point.
- These symptoms indicate a serious illness
- Her behavior points to a severe neurosis
- The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued
verb express the need or desire for; ask for
call for; quest; request.
- She requested an extra bed in her room
- She called for room service
Be*speak" transitive verb
, AS. besprecan
, to speak to, accuse; pref. be-
to speak. See Speak
imperfect Bespoke Bespake (archaic); past participle Bespoke, Bespoken ; present participle & verbal noun Bespeaking
- 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.
- To show beforehand; to foretell; to indicate.
[They] bespoke dangers . . . in order to scare the allies.
- 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.
- To speak to; to address. Poetic
He thus the queen bespoke.
Be*speak" intransitive verb
- To speak. Obs.
- A bespeaking. Among actors, a benefit (when a particular play is bespoken.) "The night of her bespeak."
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.
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