[ 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.
  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


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British Dictionary definitions for indicate

/ (ˈɪndɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

(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

Derived forms of indicate

indicatable, adjective indicatory (ɪnˈdɪkətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for indicate

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