Definition of indicate in English:


Line breaks: in¦di|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈɪndɪkeɪt


[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.
    designate, specify, stipulate; show
  • 1.1Be a sign of; strongly suggest: 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.
    demonstrate, show, point to, be a sign of, be evidence of, evidence, testify to, bear witness to, be a symptom of, be symptomatic of, denote, connote, mark, signal, signify, suggest, imply; manifest, reveal, betray, evince, display, reflect, represent
    literary bespeak, betoken
  • 1.2Mention indirectly or 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 (it) known, announce, communicate, mention, say, reveal, divulge, disclose, register, record, put it on record; admit
    informal come out with
  • 1.3Direct 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.
  • 1.4(Of a gauge or meter) register a reading of (a quantity, dimension, etc.): an external tube is used to indicate fluid level
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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.
  • 3 [no object] British (Of a driver or motor vehicle) signal an intention to change lanes or turn using an indicator: Cal indicated and moved across the road one car had indicated left but pulled out in front of him
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    • So don't get mad when a driver does not indicate to go to the left lane; remember that he or she just might not be expert enough to disregard the Highway Code.
    • Moments before the crash, a retired PC watched a blue car indicate then pull out ahead and overtake a horse box.
    • If that driver was indicating properly, which I see no reason to assume he wasn't, then the motorcyclist should never have attempted to overtake.


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

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