What does the word bespeak mean?

Usage examples for bespeak

  1. I bespeak the most liberal treatment for the officers and enlisted men of the Navy. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  2. Your Committee, on reading the paper delivered in by Mr. Scott as a translation, perceive it to be written in a style which they conceived was little to be expected in a faithful translation from a Persian original, being full of quaint terms and idiomatic phrases, which strongly bespeak English habits in the way of thinking, and of English peculiarities and affectations in the expression. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12) by Edmund Burke