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indicate

[in-di-keyt] /ˈɪn dɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), indicated, indicating.
1.
to be a sign of; betoken; evidence; show:
His hesitation really indicates his doubt about the venture.
2.
to point out or point to; direct attention to:
to indicate a place on a map.
3.
to show, as by measuring or recording; make known:
The thermometer indicates air temperature.
4.
to state or express, especially briefly or in a general way; signal:
He indicated his disapproval but did not go into detail.
5.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. (of symptoms) to point out (a particular remedy, treatment, etc.) as suitable or necessary.
  2. to show the presence of (a condition, infection, etc.).
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin indicātus past participle of indicāre to point, make known equivalent to indic- (stem of index) index + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
indicatable, adjective
indicatory
[in-dik-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈdɪk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
interindicate, verb (used with object), interindicated, interindicating.
reindicate, verb (used with object), reindicated, reindicating.
unindicated, adjective
well-indicated, adjective
Synonyms
3. register, reveal, record.
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Examples for indicating
  • The samples showed an abundance of pollen, indicating that the island had once been heavily forested.
  • If an employee doesn't swipe, his or her manager receives an email indicating the staff might be overworked.
  • Her pupils were dilated and did not react to light, indicating that her brain was no longer working.
  • It's consistent with other research indicating that human beings have a bias toward moving right when they need to act in a hurry.
  • Interestingly, many languages have different plural affixes indicating this distinction.
  • But there is ample evidence indicating that the oceans are bearing the brunt of these changes.
  • They were small and had downward-pointing, jawless mouths, indicating they lived by sucking and filtering food from the seabed.
  • Empty fly pupa were found with the kids' remains, indicating that maggots ate their flesh during natural decomposition.
  • Yet there were no collapsed timbers indicating that the structure ever had a roof.
  • He didn't have any studies indicating that fast food advertising spending made people eat more of the stuff.
British Dictionary definitions for indicating

indicate

/ˈɪndɪˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
(may take a clause as object) to be or give a sign or symptom of; imply cold hands indicate a warm heart
2.
to point out or show
3.
(may take a clause as object) to state briefly; suggest he indicated what his feelings were
4.
(of instruments) to show a reading of the speedometer indicated 50 miles per hour
5.
(usually passive) to recommend or require surgery seems to be indicated for this patient
Derived Forms
indicatable, adjective
indicatory (ɪnˈdɪkətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin indicāre to point out, from in-² + dicāre to proclaim; compare index
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Word Origin and History for indicating

indicate

v.

1650s, back-formation from indication, or else from Latin indicatus, past participle of indicare "to point out, show, indicate, declare" (see indication). Related: Indicated; indicating.

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