verb (used with object), in·di·cat·ed, in·di·cat·ing.
  1. to be a sign of; betoken; evidence; show: His hesitation really indicates his doubt about the venture.
  2. to point out or point to; direct attention to: to indicate a place on a map.
  3. to show, as by measuring or recording; make known: The thermometer indicates air temperature.
  4. to state or express, especially briefly or in a general way; signal: He indicated his disapproval but did not go into detail.
  5. 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.).

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 formsin·di·cat·a·ble, adjectivein·dic·a·to·ry [in-dik-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈdɪk əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivein·ter·in·di·cate, verb (used with object), in·ter·in·di·cat·ed, in·ter·in·di·cat··in·di·cate, verb (used with object), re·in·di·cat·ed, re·in·di·cat·ing.un·in·di·cat·ed, adjectivewell-in·di·cat·ed, adjective

Synonyms for indicate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for reindicate


verb (tr)
  1. (may take a clause as object) to be or give a sign or symptom of; implycold hands indicate a warm heart
  2. to point out or show
  3. (may take a clause as object) to state briefly; suggesthe indicated what his feelings were
  4. (of instruments) to show a reading ofthe speedometer indicated 50 miles per hour
  5. (usually passive) to recommend or requiresurgery seems to be indicated for this patient
Derived Formsindicatable, 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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Word Origin and History for reindicate



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.

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