Definition of indicate in English:


Syllabification: in·di·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈindəˌkāt


[with object]
1Point out; show: dotted lines indicate the text’s margins
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  • Census figures released Friday indicate Indiana County's population has stayed virtually static at 89,605 residents.
  • Figures indicate the EU expects Ireland to resume its position as the Union's fastest-growing economy.
  • Figures released indicate a 2% increase in unemployment in the south east.
specify, designate, mark, stipulate;
1.1Be a sign or symptom of; strongly imply: sales indicate a growing market for such art [with clause]: his tone indicated that he didn’t hold out much hope
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  • Nevertheless, he acknowledged the ‘market rebound’ as indicating a ‘growing’ consumer confidence here.
  • I read the piece twice and tried to see the any sign that indicates such a victory for the insurgents but I failed in both trials.
  • One source close to the meeting said the deal hasn't been signed yet and indicated a few more hurdles had to be overcome before there would be any white smoke.
point to, be a sign of, be evidence of, evidence, demonstrate, show, testify to, bespeak, be a symptom of, be symptomatic of, denote, connote, mark, signal, signify, suggest, imply;
manifest, reveal, betray, display, reflect, represent
formal evince
literary betoken
1.2Admit to or state briefly: the president indicated his willingness to use force against the rebels
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  • The background, which I certainly was not aware of, has been indicated to me briefly.
  • She briefly indicates the conflicting written evidence that an historian investigating this incident must consider.
  • In the first two articles in this series I have briefly indicated some of the main currents of Nietzsche's thought.
state, declare, make known, communicate, announce, mention, express, reveal, divulge, disclose;
put it on record;
1.3(Of a person) direct attention to (someone or something) by means of a gesture: he indicated Cindy with a brief nod of the head
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  • A good director would have cut some of the annoyingly repetitive and obvious gestures used to indicate character.
  • You make some gestures to indicate you've lost your handle for a moment; you turn away and get your grip.
  • They will signal a passerby in with gestures indicating the offer of a cup of tea or something to eat.
point to, point out, gesture toward
1.4(Of a gauge or meter) register a reading of (a quantity, dimension, etc.).
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  • Again the camera meter will indicate a shutter speed and an aperture to give you an 18% grey object.
  • Estimates from tide gauges indicate that sea level has changed at the rate of 1.8 to 2.4 mm/yr over the last century.
  • The junction box has two meters indicating the voltage and load capacity readings.
2Suggest as a desirable or necessary course of action: the treatment is likely to be indicated in severely depressed patients
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  • An appropriate physical examination and necessary medically indicated investigation are clearly essential.
  • Insulin therapy also is indicated in patients with contraindications to antidiabetic medications.
  • The other part of the schedule lists immunizations indicated and contraindicated by medical conditions.
advisable, recommended, suggested, desirable, preferable, best, sensible, wise, prudent, in someone's best interests;
necessary, needed, required, called for


early 17th century: from Latin indicat- 'pointed out', from the verb indicare, from in- 'toward' + dicare 'make known'.

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