indicate

verb
in·di·cate | \ ˈin-də-ˌkāt \
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 House hasn’t passed legislation on solar issues yet, but its leaders have indicated a willingness to modestly raise the caps again. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. lawmakers wrap up work on energy legislation," 13 July 2018 Developers have indicated that close to half of the units are either sold, or are under contract. David Heitz, chicagotribune.com, "Foxford Station development rises quickly in downtown Western Springs," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, streaming giants Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have indicated an interest in buying shortform programming. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "After Go90's Collapse, Who's Buying "Snackable" TV Now?," 12 July 2018 In the text, Schnitzler indicated each of the blackouts with five simple dashes. Max Maller, Chicago Reader, "Fucking Men struggles with onstage intimacy realness," 11 July 2018 Previously, Opera indicated its awareness of cryptocurrency and the recent influx of scams by introducing anti-cryptojacking software in its web browsers. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Web browser Opera is testing a cryptocurrency wallet in its Android app," 11 July 2018 The most recent official estimate from July 5 indicated that a little less than 3,000 children are currently in government custody after being separated from their parents. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Exactly How Many Separated Immigrant Families Have Been Reunited?," 10 July 2018 Video from local businesses indicated that the woman was lying in a southbound lane of Wethersfield Avenue when she was struck by a silver vehicle. David Owens, courant.com, "Police Investigate Death Of Woman Found On Wethersfield Avenue," 7 July 2018 Meanwhile reports have indicated that nuclear plants themselves are becoming prime targets for hackers. Don Santa, Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: Administration’s action on coal, nuclear solves a problem that doesn’t exist," 5 July 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 \
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 \
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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