in·​di·​cate | \ ˈin-də-ˌkāt How to pronounce indicate (audio) \
indicated; indicating

Definition of indicate

transitive verb

1a : to point out or point to
b : to be a sign, symptom, or index of the high fever indicates a serious condition
c : to demonstrate or suggest the necessity or advisability of indicated the need for a new school the indicated treatment
2 : to state or express briefly indicated a desire to cooperate

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Examples of indicate in a Sentence

Our records indicate a depth of 3,000 feet here. The map indicates where the treasure is buried. There is nothing to indicate that the two events are connected. The size of his offer indicates that he is eager to buy the house. The general used a long ruler to indicate on the map exactly where the troops would land. We asked how to get to the rear entrance, and he indicated a path leading around the right side of the building.
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The migrants said three or four survived unharmed but the rest were killed, indicating the final death toll could be much higher, as Doctors Without Borders says the detention cell that was destroyed held 126 migrants. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Airstrike in Libya flattens migrant detention center, killing at least 44," 4 July 2019 Older bulls accounted for all of the remains that the scientists were able to age, indicating that poachers, for now, are targeting individuals with the largest tusks. New York Times, "Poachers Are Invading Botswana, Last Refuge of African Elephants," 1 July 2019 Multiple reports have indicated that the migrant children are being detained in hazardous conditions with a lack of adequate food or sanitary products such as toothpaste and soap. Tara Edwards,, "Amy Schumer Shows Off Her New Son Gene With A Call To Help Immigrant Families," 30 June 2019 There are signs at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake, where Mackenzie was last seen, indicating surveillance cameras, but many of the cameras aren't even real -- meant to deter crime rather than capture images of it. CBS News, "Park cameras likely won't help Salt Lake City police find missing Utah college student," 26 June 2019 FC Cincinnati on Saturday gave a debut appearance to rookie Rashawn Dally, indicating there was no hesitation around pressing its youngest players into service. , Cincinnati Enquirer,, "FC Cincinnati notebook: Rookie Logan Gdula back in the fold," 26 June 2019 Eight of the top 10 countries with the most Facebook users are in the developing world, indicating where the company's attention is likely focused. Nir Kshetri, The Conversation, "Facebook’s Libra may be quite attractive in developing countries," 25 June 2019 In his interview with investigators, Lee said there was nothing on the outside of the cell that would have indicated another person was inside, the review shows. Tess Sheets,, "Corrections officer violated policy by putting man into cell with woman, who said he tried to sexually assault her, review finds," 18 June 2019 Sources inside the organization have indicated the team will continue to make moves and could deal either the No. Andrew Lopez,, "Anthony Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for 3 players, multiple picks," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of indicate

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for indicate

Latin indicatus, past participle of indicare, from in- + dicare to proclaim, dedicate — more at diction

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English Language Learners Definition of indicate

: to show (something) : to show that (something) exists or is true
: to direct attention to (someone or something) usually by pointing
: to show or suggest that (something) is needed


in·​di·​cate | \ ˈin-də-ˌkāt How to pronounce indicate (audio) \
indicated; indicating

Kids Definition of indicate

1 : to point out or point to Indicate your neighborhood on the map.
2 : to state or express briefly He stepped back … and by so doing indicated that he had finished.— Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet The Spy


transitive verb
in·​di·​cate | \ ˈin-də-ˌkāt How to pronounce indicate (audio) \
indicated; indicating

Medical Definition of indicate

1 : to be a fairly certain symptom of : show the presence or existence of the high fever indicates a serious condition
2 : to call for especially as treatment for a particular condition radical surgery is often indicated in advanced cancer

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