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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.).
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 indicates
  • Nothing in the picture indicates place or time, though, and neither really matters to understanding the image.
  • Used between independent clauses, it indicates only that a relation exists between them without defining that relation.
  • Here is the hospitality which for ever indicates heroes.
  • The length of the discourse indicates the distance of thought betwixt the speaker and the hearer.
  • The dependence of the desires on sensations in called inclination, and this accordingly always indicates a want.
  • In the final paragraph the author indicates what she is enclosing and offers to provide extra materials or additional information.
  • As the survey indicates, it says, those offerings do much to enrich students' education.
  • The article indicates that they did control for different majors.
  • Corresponding author indicates that one is mature enough as a scholar to take responsibility for this work.
  • But no one knows whether this indicates a trend or is simply a meaningless random clustering.
British Dictionary definitions for indicates


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 indicates



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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