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[in-di-keyt] /ˈɪn dɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), indicated, indicating.
to be a sign of; betoken; evidence; show:
His hesitation really indicates his doubt about the venture.
to point out or point to; direct attention to:
to indicate a place on a map.
to show, as by measuring or recording; make known:
The thermometer indicates air temperature.
to state or express, especially briefly or in a general way; signal:
He indicated his disapproval but did not go into detail.
  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 of indicate
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
[in-dik-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈdɪk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
interindicate, verb (used with object), interindicated, interindicating.
reindicate, verb (used with object), reindicated, reindicating.
unindicated, adjective
well-indicated, adjective
3. register, reveal, record. Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive)
(may take a clause as object) to be or give a sign or symptom of; imply: cold hands indicate a warm heart
to point out or show
(may take a clause as object) to state briefly; suggest: he indicated what his feelings were
(of instruments) to show a reading of: the speedometer indicated 50 miles per hour
(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

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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