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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web During their visit, inspectors also learned that Abbott had received 16 complaints from 2019 to 2021 about infants who became ill after drinking Abbott products, agency records indicate. Kimberly Kindy And Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2022 They will be tried not before a jury of 12 of their peers, but before a judge who will be the sole arbiter of their fate, court records indicate. Scott Macfarlane, CBS News, 24 May 2022 Police found Segobia's vehicle parked at the CVS at Buren Street and Avondale Boulevard, which is near a sports complex where Segobia briefly met with his mother and children, court records indicate. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 23 May 2022 The Navy’s records indicate Tom served for more than 19 years. Caitlin L. Chandler, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 Records indicate the warrant was issued Tuesday but police haven’t announced any arrests in the case. Mike Damiano,, 20 May 2022 Online court records indicate Leonard Torres, now 29, admitted guilt as part of a plea bargain in February that reduced the offense from capital murder to murder. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 18 May 2022 Inmate records indicate he was also being held on an allegation of obstructing justice. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 17 May 2022 The court set a $30,000 surety bond for Birdsong, but records indicate Birdsong remains in Marion County's jail. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2022 See More

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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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27 May 2022

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“Indicate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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


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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