bespeak /bɪˈspiːk/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. be evidence of; indicate

the attractive tree-lined road bespoke money.
2. order or reserve (something) in advance

the defendant’s insurers took steps to bespeak his medical records.
‹archaic› speak to.
– origin Old English bisprecan ‘speak up, speak out’ (see be-, speak), later ‘discuss, decide on’, hence ‘order’ (sense 2, late 16th cent.).

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