Indicate Definition

indicated, indicates, indicating
indicated, indicates, indicating
To direct attention to; point to or point out; show.
Webster's New World
To be or give a sign, token, or indication of; signify; betoken.
Fever indicates illness.
Webster's New World
To show the need for; call for; make necessary.
A fabric for which dry cleaning is indicated.
Webster's New World
To suggest or demonstrate the necessity, expedience, or advisability of.
The symptoms indicate immediate surgery.
American Heritage
To point to as the advisable treatment.
Bed rest is indicated.
Webster's New World

Origin of Indicate

  • From Latin indicatus, past participle of indicāre (“to point out, indicate”), from in (“in, to”) + dicāre (“to declare, originally to point”); see diction. Compare index.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin indicāre indicāt- to show from index forefinger, indicator deik- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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