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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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Examples from the web for indicated
  • Tell-tale patterns of damage on the skulls of the dinosaurs indicated that they truly were locking horns.
  • In questionnaires they displayed no awareness of the rampant stress indicated by their cortisol measurements.
  • He indicated his choice by pressing one of two targets within the box, using his nose.
  • Past studies have indicated that optimistic answers indicate happy moods.
  • The resulting welfare gains are indicated by the profitability of both the operators and their customers, he suggests.
  • It has indicated it may start doing the latter again.
  • Recorders, who were blind to the study, noted where handlers indicated that their dogs had raised alerts.
  • Meanwhile tax increases, almost certainly beyond anything indicated in the election campaign, will also curb demand.
  • Evidence from autopsied brains of some of those who died also indicated reduced plaque formation.
  • The decays also indicated a relatively long half-life of a few seconds, as expected.
British Dictionary definitions for indicated


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 indicated



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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