- The definition of indicate is to make reference to, to point towards or show something, or to make a brief statement acknowledging something.
- 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.
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- 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
- to point to as the required treatment: bed rest is indicated
- to express briefly or generally: to indicate guidelines for action
Origin: from Classical Latin indicatus, past participle of indicare, to indicate, show from in-, in, to plush dicare, to point out, declare: see diction
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transitive verb indi·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: Latin indicāre, indicāt-, to show, from index, forefinger, indicator; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- inˈdi·ca·toˌry adjective