indicate

verb
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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Prince Charles has a powerful Taurus moon, indicating that this energy is what emotionally fulfills him; Prince Harry has a Taurus moon, too. Jeanna Kadlec, Allure, "The Royal Baby's Birth Chart, as Interpreted by an Astrologer," 6 May 2019 But recently, a sign appeared that could indicate the baby is on its way shortly—at least, according to recent speculation. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "There Is Now a Drone Ban Protecting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Home," 30 Apr. 2019 But no such radio transmission was received by controllers at the Addis Ababa airport tower, indicating chaos in the cockpit may have somehow impeded radio transmission, this person said. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Pilots Take Aim at Instructions for Boeing 737 MAX," 3 Apr. 2019 The lifting of some restrictions on the passage of people and cargo in and out of Gaza further indicated a strengthening of the cease-fire, which Hamas officials say would see Israel easing its blockade in exchange for guarantees of quiet. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Israel, Hamas take first steps toward Gaza cease-fire deal," 31 Mar. 2019 For instance, clusters of tiny, itchy bumps or pimples around hair follicles might indicate a condition known as folliculitis. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Questions That Will Help You Decode That Skin Rash," 22 Mar. 2019 Sources indicated last night that the move had nothing to do with any rumors of rifts between the two couples. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Officially Split Their Royal Household," 14 Mar. 2019 In the case of Lion Air, a preliminary report indicated that a faulty software issue prompted the plane to lower its nose during its ascent. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pilot of Doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight Reported Control Problems Shortly After Takeoff," 13 Mar. 2019 Once used to indicate social status, the indigo pigment is a stark contrast to the surrounding desert and looks particularly magical at night. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 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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indicate

verb

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

indicate

verb
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

indicate

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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