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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Recent Examples on the Web This may indicate that the attraction isn’t quite at 100%, requiring downtime to make the necessary adjustments to keep everything running. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Rise of the Resistance: Why the ride is opening at Disney World first, not Disneyland," 4 Dec. 2019 Martin indicated that the victim was male, but gave no name or age until relatives could be notified. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Slaying follows dispute in Seat Pleasant, Md., police say," 4 Dec. 2019 Emergency radio traffic indicated a command post is being set up inside the school. Christopher Kuhagen, USA TODAY, "Gunshots exchanged between student and school officer in Wisconsin, school officials say," 3 Dec. 2019 Wirth indicated Briggs had previous operating while intoxicated and possession of marijuana charges as well as traffic offenses. Evan Sasiela, Detroit Free Press, "Prosecutor's office: Suspect blames ‘demons’ for Michigan robbery, vehicle theft charges," 3 Dec. 2019 That logic indicated that a deal would be struck in November. Jesse Dougherty,, "World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg plans to meet with Yankees, others," 3 Dec. 2019 Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody indicated that Democrats will target Huston's district in the 2020 election. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers Rep. Todd Huston to serve as House speaker after Brian Bosma retires," 2 Dec. 2019 Emergency radio traffic indicated a command post is being set up inside the school. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gunshots were fired inside Waukesha South, school officials say," 2 Dec. 2019 The scheme could ultimately create a homegrown card brand to rival U.S. giants and their Chinese counterpart Union Pay, Coeure indicated. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Europe Is Terrified of Digital Currencies in the U.S. and China—But Can’t Manage to Develop Its Own," 1 Dec. 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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The first known use of indicate was in 1541

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Last Updated

7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Indicate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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
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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