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[in-di-keyt] /ˈɪn dɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), indicated, indicating.
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.
  1. (of symptoms) to point out (a particular remedy, treatment, etc.) as suitable or necessary.
  2. to show the presence of (a condition, infection, etc.).
Origin of indicate
1645-55; < Latin indicātus past participle of indicāre to point, make known equivalent to indic- (stem of index) index + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
indicatable, adjective
[in-dik-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈdɪk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
interindicate, verb (used with object), interindicated, interindicating.
reindicate, verb (used with object), reindicated, reindicating.
unindicated, adjective
well-indicated, adjective
3. register, reveal, record. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "We go there," he told the porter, indicating the blue mountain-tops.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • "Well, that's it," he said firmly, indicating the jar and the glass.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • "I wouldn't have had this happen for anything," said Cousin Egbert, indicating me.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • I am only indicating my own position, as I have often done before.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • "You'll have to open the rest of them, mother," she said, indicating the pile of letters.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
British Dictionary definitions for indicating


verb (transitive)
(may take a clause as object) to be or give a sign or symptom of; imply: cold hands indicate a warm heart
to point out or show
(may take a clause as object) to state briefly; suggest: he indicated what his feelings were
(of instruments) to show a reading of: the speedometer indicated 50 miles per hour
(usually passive) to recommend or require: surgery seems to be indicated for this patient
Derived Forms
indicatable, adjective
indicatory (ɪnˈdɪkətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin indicāre to point out, from in-² + dicāre to proclaim; compare index
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for indicating



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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