- to be a sign of; betoken; evidence; show: His hesitation really indicates his doubt about the venture.
- to point out or point to; direct attention to: to indicate a place on a map.
- to show, as by measuring or recording; make known: The thermometer indicates air temperature.
- to state or express, especially briefly or in a general way; signal: He indicated his disapproval but did not go into detail.
- (of symptoms) to point out (a particular remedy, treatment, etc.) as suitable or necessary.
- to show the presence of (a condition, infection, etc.).
Origin of indicate
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Examples from the Web for indicate
In general, comas are a negative prognostic factor and indicate severe damage.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury
November 20, 2014
Propagators: Who has been retweeting and spreading the story, given the retweets often indicate agreement?TRAILS: The Tool That Tracks Truth and Lies On Twitter
November 18, 2014
There was nothing to indicate this is where I was going to end up.Ron Perlman's Secret Suicide Attempt
October 28, 2014
Further, as Grimes shouts “pull,” to indicate the release of the clay target, she closes one eye.Alison Lundergan Grimes’s New TV Ad Is One Big Gun Gaffe
September 16, 2014
He did not indicate whether administration officials said if any decision on strikes had been made.ISIS Tries to Grab Its Own Air Force
Eli Lake, Josh Rogin
June 25, 2014
There was nothing in her behaviour to indicate a consciousness of error from her sphere.Weighed and Wanting
If the feet have been left on, they too will serve to indicate the age.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Testimony to be presently noted will indicate the importance of this statement.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
To indicate the effect, he included a galvanometer in the circuit of the battery and the button.Heroes of the Telegraph
The title with which we brand unmarried women to indicate that they are in the market.The Devil's Dictionary
- (may take a clause as object) to be or give a sign or symptom of; implycold hands indicate a warm heart
- to point out or show
- (may take a clause as object) to state briefly; suggesthe indicated what his feelings were
- (of instruments) to show a reading ofthe speedometer indicated 50 miles per hour
- (usually passive) to recommend or requiresurgery seems to be indicated for this patient
Word Origin and History for indicate
1650s, back-formation from indication, or else from Latin indicatus, past participle of indicare "to point out, show, indicate, declare" (see indication). Related: Indicated; indicating.