- 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 indicating
Added to this: so many are indicating they do not want them at all.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
In 15 minutes or less, a positive or negative line will appear on the test, indicating Ebola positive or negative.This New Ebola Test Is As Easy As a Pregnancy Test, So Why Aren’t We Using It?
October 3, 2014
His spine was curved, indicating the condition known as scoliosis.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
Instead, the researchers found about 25 percent came from that region, indicating they may have a common source.The Hottest Spot for Cosmic Rays
Matthew R. Francis
July 13, 2014
He defended his wife as “not out of touch,” indicating that he, too, is out of touch.Hillary’s Doomed if She Can’t Learn to Talk About Her Privilege
June 27, 2014
"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
- (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 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.