indicate

[ in-di-keyt ]
/ ˈɪn dɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), in·di·cat·ed, in·di·cat·ing.

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.
Medicine/Medical.
  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.).

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Origin of indicate

First recorded in 1645–55; from Latin indicātus, past participle of indicāre “to point, make known,” equivalent to indic- (stem of index ) “pointer, marker, informer” + -ātus past participle suffix; see index, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for indicate

indicate
/ (ˈɪndɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

(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

Derived forms of indicate

indicatable, adjectiveindicatory (ɪnˈdɪkətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for indicate

C17: from Latin indicāre to point out, from in- ² + dicāre to proclaim; compare index
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