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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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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More Definitions for indicate

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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