A pen is used to indicate a point on this computer screen.
- An example of indicate is when you point towards Susie.
- An example of indicate is when you draw lines on a floor plan to show where the couch will go.
- An example of indicate is when the sky gets dark and cloudy.
- An example of indicate is when you say you approve of something.
transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- to direct attention to; point to or point out; show
- to be or give a sign, token, or indication of; signify; betoken: fever indicates illness
- to show the need for; call for; make necessary: a fabric for which dry cleaning is indicated
- Med. to point to as the advisable treatment: bed rest is indicated
- to express briefly or generally: to indicate guidelines for action
Origin of indicatefrom Classical Latin indicatus, past participle of indicare, to indicate, show from in-, in, to + dicare, to point out, declare: see diction
transitive verbindi·cat·ed, indi·cat·ing, indi·cates
- To show the way to or the direction of; point out: an arrow indicating north; indicated the right road by nodding toward it.
- To serve as a sign, symptom, or token of; signify: “The cracking and booming of the ice indicate a change of temperature” ( Henry David Thoreau )
- To suggest or demonstrate the necessity, expedience, or advisability of: The symptoms indicate immediate surgery.
- To state or express briefly: indicated his wishes in a letter; indicating her approval with a nod.
Origin of indicateLatin indicāre indicāt- to show from index forefinger, indicator ; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present indicates, present participle indicating, simple past and past participle indicated)
- To point out; to discover; to direct to a knowledge of; to show; to make known.
- The guard blew his whistle to indicate imminent departure.
- To show or manifest by symptoms; to point to as the proper remedies.
- Great prostration of strength indicates the use of stimulants.
- To signal in a vehicle the desire to turn right or left.
- To investigate the condition or power of, as of steam engine, by means of an indicator.