Indicate meaning

ĭn'dĭ-kāt'
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 show the need for; call for; make necessary.

A fabric for which dry cleaning is indicated.

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To direct attention to; point to or point out; show.
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To be or give a sign, token, or indication of; signify; betoken.

Fever indicates illness.

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To point to as the advisable treatment.

Bed rest is indicated.

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To express briefly or generally.

To indicate guidelines for action.

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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.

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To show or manifest by symptoms; to point to as the proper remedies.

Great prostration of strength indicates the use of stimulants.

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To signal in a vehicle the desire to turn right or left.
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To investigate the condition or power of, as of steam engine, by means of an indicator.
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To show the way to or the direction of; point out.

An arrow indicating north; indicated the right road by nodding toward it.

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To serve as a sign, symptom, or token of; signify.
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To suggest or demonstrate the necessity, expedience, or advisability of.

The symptoms indicate immediate surgery.

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To state or express briefly.

Indicated his wishes in a letter; indicating her approval with a nod.

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Origin of indicate

  • Latin indicāre indicāt- to show from index forefinger, indicator deik- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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