- 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 indicated
The authors categorized responses that indicated a misunderstanding of possible benefit as “germs are germs” beliefs.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis
December 19, 2014
That indicated a relatively rapid increase in methane, followed by an equally fast decrease.Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?
Matthew R. Francis
December 17, 2014
Another lawyer closely associated with the case has indicated that the FBI had become involved in the investigation.Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson
November 18, 2014
It was identified as an ancient exorcism technique that indicated she had been suspected of supernatural powers.Bulgaria’s Vampire Graveyards
October 15, 2014
Those facts, Paul said, indicated that Chairman Mao was a tyrannical monster whose people lived “in abject slavery.”The Secret to Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy: His Father
W. James Antle III
September 12, 2014
Now, this applies only so far as individuals are indicated, and it is so far right.
The national purpose is indicated through a national election.
He indicated a chair standing a little way from one end of his desk.Within the Law
The real purpose of the enterprise is indicated in the last clause.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Simba indicated the sun, and swept his hand across the arc of the heavens.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- (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 indicated
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.