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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President Donald Trump has indicated the deadline might be extended if progress is being made. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "US stocks edge higher in early trading, extending gains," 20 Feb. 2019 Though the bright yellow blooms scream summertime, these spirit-lifting flowers are available all year round. In some parts of the world, dark blue or purple irises indicate royalty, according to Law. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Some research has indicated that antipsychotics can indeed contribute to birth defects, according to the NIMH. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 So far, authorities have indicated that a problem with the plane's airspeed indicator played a part in the disaster. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Authorities Find Cockpit Voice Recorder of Crashed Lion Air Flight 610," 14 Jan. 2019 In the past, Warren has indicated that a presidential run could certainly be in the cards for her political career. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Senator Elizabeth Warren Announces 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee," 31 Dec. 2018 Angelina Jolie has indicated that a move into U.S. politics may be in her future, including a possible run for President of the United States. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Angelina Jolie Hints That She Could Run for President in 2020," 28 Dec. 2018 Both charts indicate that Chopra and Jonas will have to accept that stretches of their relationship will be spent apart. Noor Brara, Vogue, "What’s in the Stars for Nick and Priyanka? How Astrology Can Play a Significant Role in Hindu Weddings," 1 Dec. 2018 Studies in mice also indicate that paternal malnutrition can lead to elevated serum glucose and thus hypertension—which can lead to cerebral hemorrhage—in male offspring only. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Trauma of US Civil War POW experience affected the next generation," 22 Oct. 2018

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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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