Verb bespeak has 2 senses
  1. bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal - 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"
    --1 is one way to tell
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
  2. request, bespeak, call for, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
    --2 is one way to communicate, pass on, pass, put across
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody