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.).
- in·di·cat·a·ble, adjective
- in·dic·a·to·ry [in-dik-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ɪnˈdɪk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
- in·ter·in·di·cate, verb (used with object), in·ter·in·di·cat·ed, in·ter·in·di·cat·ing.
- re·in·di·cate, verb (used with object), re·in·di·cat·ed, re·in·di·cat·ing.
- un·in·di·cat·ed, adjective
- well-in·di·cat·ed, adjective
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How to use indicate in a sentence
A statistic on HubSpot indicates that 86% of businesses use video as a marketing tool.A comprehensive guide on using Google Trends for keyword research | Aayush Gupta | February 12, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
Brennan asked that her client be released from custody with a GPS monitor, pending further court proceedings, and indicated that there were medical reasons to do so.Previously convicted bank robber allegedly hits new bank while under covert surveillance, gets arrested | Dan Morse | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Model projections indicate both storms may cut to our west, which would allow temperatures aloft to warm enough to change any snow to an icy mix.Snow expected tonight, mainly south of D.C., before possible ice on Saturday | Jason Samenow, Wes Junker | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Another test involves breathing hard in front of a mirror to see if you blink while wearing a mask, which would indicate leakage from the top of the mask.Masks should fit better or be doubled up to protect against coronavirus variants, CDC says | Lena H. Sun, Fenit Nirappil | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
The latest captured and released lion is P-95, whose name indicates it’s the 95th puma captured in the study.
An attorney was asked to follow up, but no records indicate what happened next.
The fragment is written in Coptic, not Greek, and is not actually from the Bible, as the title would indicate.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts | Candida Moss | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In general, comas are a negative prognostic factor and indicate severe damage.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury | Jean Kim | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Brandy Zadrozny | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was nothing to indicate this is where I was going to end up.
Granular and fatty casts, therefore, always indicate partial or complete disintegration of the renal epithelium.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
In dates of the last and present century it is usual to indicate the last two figures of the date.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
It came to be used as a supplement to the law to indicate ways of doing things unknown to the law, which ought to be done.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The second word should indicate by its consonants the numbers of the bones to which the attachment is made.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
He threw out his arms, as if trying to indicate the proportions of a great world or of an enormous ocean.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for indicate
(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
- indicatable, adjective
- indicatory (ɪnˈdɪkətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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