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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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  • Tracks of animals, bugs or birds on top indicate a print has been there awhile.
  • The abundant remnants of wild game indicate that the people who lived here had not yet domesticated animals or farmed.
  • He communicated what he wanted to say by moving his pupils and blinking to indicate which letter to choose from a computer tablet.
  • If you want to reject a suggestion, indicate why that is and suggest that another change that you might make in its stead.
  • On the horizontal axis, list each month of the grant period, and indicate the months in which each task will be done.
  • If yes, then all he needs to do is indicate what changes are to be made, then sign on the bottom line.
  • If the answer is negative, you can indicate your willingness to try to establish one.
  • Visual cues, including directional arrows, indicate where the misfiled book ought to go.
  • Make sure you indicate that you are flattered by the offer.
  • We have seen university system regents indicate support for tuition increases and encouraged students to graduate faster.
British Dictionary definitions for indicate

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 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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