bespeak

To bespeak is to imply or signal something, the way your neighbor's electric car might bespeak concern for the environment.

You can use this verb to mean "indicate" or "convey indirectly." Your city's excellent schools and smooth, well-cared-for streets may bespeak high taxes to people who are considering buying a house there. Your interest in foreign films and philosophy might bespeak a deep intelligence and curiosity to your teachers. And if you're really paying attention, you'll realize your friend's crankiness bespeaks her fear of starting at a new school next fall.

Definitions of bespeak
  1. verb
    be a signal for or a symptom of
    synonyms: betoken, indicate, point, signal
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    augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
    indicate by signs
    mark
    designate as if by a mark
    threaten
    to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
    blaze
    indicate by marking trees with blazes
    dimension
    indicate the dimensions on
    signpost
    mark with a signpost, as of a path
    distinguish, signalise, signalize
    make conspicuous or noteworthy
    buoy
    mark with a buoy
    foreshow
    foretell by divine inspiration
    type of:
    tell
    let something be known
  2. verb
    express the need or desire for; ask for
    synonyms: call for, quest, request
    call for, invite
    request the participation or presence of
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    order
    make a request for something
    ask
    make a request or demand for something to somebody
    encore
    request an encore, from a performer
    petition
    write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing
    demand
    request urgently and forcefully
    appeal, invoke
    request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection
    supplicate
    ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer
    apply
    ask (for something)
    beg, solicit, tap
    make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently
    reserve
    obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance
    challenge
    ask for identification
    beg off, excuse
    ask for permission to be released from an engagement
    demand
    ask to be informed of
    claim
    ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
    call for, invite
    request the participation or presence of
    ask in, invite
    ask to enter
    desire
    express a desire for
    beg
    ask to obtain free
    arrogate, claim, lay claim
    demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
    ask over, ask round, invite
    invite someone to one's house
    call
    call a meeting; invite or command to meet
    ask out, invite out, take out
    make a date
    book, hold, reserve
    arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
    want
    wish or demand the presence of
    reorder
    make a new request to be supplied with
    place
    to arrange for
    request
    ask (a person) to do something
    solicit
    make a solicitation or petition for something desired
    call
    order or request or give a command for
    ask, expect, require
    consider obligatory; request and expect
    supplicate
    make a humble, earnest petition
    plead
    appeal or request earnestly
    clamor, clamour
    make loud demands
    quest
    seek alms, as for religious purposes
    call on, turn
    have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to
    book up
    book all available places or tickets
    dun
    persistently ask for overdue payment
    wish
    order politely; express a wish for
    demand, exact
    claim as due or just
    counterclaim
    set up a claim in opposition to a previous claim
    ask
    require or ask for as a price or condition
    demand
    lay legal claim to
    put in, submit
    make an application as for a job or funding
    call in
    summon to enter
    cadge, schnorr, scrounge, shnorr
    obtain or seek to obtain by cadging or wheedling
    panhandle
    beg by accosting people in the street and asking for money
    pretend
    put forward a claim and assert right or possession of
    requisition
    demand and take for use or service, especially by military or public authority for public service
    arrogate, assign
    make undue claims to having
    hold open, keep, keep open, save
    retain rights to
    canvas, canvass
    solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
    buttonhole, lobby
    detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
    commission
    place an order for
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    communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
    transmit information
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