Definition of indicate in US English:

indicate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Point out; show.

    ‘dotted lines indicate the text's margins’
    • ‘About six miles past the restaurant, we almost missed a partially hidden sign indicating Qalat Salah al-Din (Saladin's Castle).’
    • ‘The figures indicate that the tabloid version has proved a hit with readers as it accounts for some 70% of all sales.’
    • ‘But figures indicate that it wreaked far greater damage on Russia's economy than the Nazi invasion and World War II.’
    • ‘The other reality, though, is that the figures indicate that 6673 women with Irish addresses had abortions in Britain last year.’
    • ‘Don't you agree these figures indicate the significant economic impact of the arts?’
    • ‘All the experimental treatments and reproductive nodes that were harvested are indicated on the main figure.’
    • ‘The situation might be even worse than the figures indicate, the Commerce Ministry official said.’
    • ‘Other solutions used are indicated in the figure legends.’
    • ‘But child mortality figures indicate many more private tragedies.’
    • ‘In the archdiocese, the latest figures indicate there are 901 priests.’
    • ‘Deviations from the concentrations listed there are indicated in the text.’
    • ‘The boxed text indicates the numbering and color-coding scheme.’
    • ‘To say that these figures indicate that the upward spiral of crime has halted is incorrect.’
    • ‘The sequences for the primers used are indicated by arrows in Figure 1.’
    • ‘Although the days of king coal and the smoky cities are long gone, census figures indicate manufacturing plays a significant role in the regional economy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Note that they do this in spite of the presence of signs indicating many of these doors are ‘designated no-smoking entrances.’’
    • ‘Figures indicate that landlords have been increasing rents in response to rent allowance limits set by health boards.’
    • ‘Figures released indicate a 2% increase in unemployment in the south east.’
    designate, specify, stipulate
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    1. 1.1 Be 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’
      • ‘The turn out figures indicate something like 30-35 percent.’
      • ‘Market signs indicate this trend will continue to be important in the future.’
      • ‘Unless planets are afflicted in Leo, the sign usually indicates strong vitality and a healthy constitution.’
      • ‘Every child who joins must sign a pledge indicating his or her intention to become better.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he acknowledged the ‘market rebound’ as indicating a ‘growing’ consumer confidence here.’
      • ‘The somewhat watered down language of the resolutions is hardly threatening to Sudan, and doesn't indicate a strong political will to me.’
      • ‘The lower slope could indicate a stronger actomyosin bond in the slower muscle.’
      • ‘The proximity to Spinner Lane may indicate that some of the cottages could have housed spinsters.’
      • ‘While I am not an expert on the property market, the above signs seem to indicate that returns on property going forward will, in general, be modest.’
      • ‘Responses to these items indicate a strong enabling attitude in which the parent was taking a direct action.’
      • ‘Sora's voice was starting to grow sore, indicated by its sudden raspy inflection.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He pointed out that a recent Mori poll had indicated a strong future demand for the bank's core products.’
      • ‘Polynesian Megapodes appear to be monogamous, as indicated by their strong site- and partner-fidelity for extended periods.’
      • ‘These sales indicate that demand is strong for the smaller lot sizes of between 2.5 and ten acres but question the demand for larger industrial sites.’
      • ‘My eyes opened to find an exhausted James leaning over me, and the amount of sunlight streaming into the car indicated that it was well past dawn.’
      • ‘Stress signals indicated that he needed to create a more balanced life, to keep divorce and a heart attack at bay.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Evidence came to light indicating that the train drivers involved took all possible actions to reduce the serious nature of the accident.’
      • ‘His suave tone failed to indicate anything was wrong.’
      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
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    2. 1.2 Admit to or state briefly.
      ‘the president indicated his willingness to use force against the rebels’
      • ‘Only if a 70-year-old driver indicated on their application form they had a problem with their health would they be required to take a medical exam.’
      • ‘The second phase eliminated all records that indicated a ‘missing value’ for the total amount borrowed variable.’
      • ‘She briefly indicates the conflicting written evidence that an historian investigating this incident must consider.’
      • ‘Let me briefly indicate why I do not find this standpoint natural.’
      • ‘And even the President indicated that he wasn't that keen.’
      • ‘The timing of the announcement clearly indicated other concerns than simply improving relations with Iraq.’
      • ‘The background, which I certainly was not aware of, has been indicated to me briefly.’
      • ‘During the assessment phase, stakeholders who were surveyed indicated their willingness to form the national coalition.’
      • ‘There follow fourteen chapters and a conclusion, the contents of which I will briefly indicate later.’
      • ‘Since the union representing taxi drivers has indicated they would respect picket lines, a walkout would effectively shut down taxi service to the entire city.’
      • ‘I mention this only to indicate I still have one toe clinging to current pop culture.’
      • ‘Sources close to the bus drivers have indicated that they could hold a series of one-day strikes if their demands are not met.’
      • ‘And as I mentioned, the pilot indicated that there was some sort of a mechanical problem.’
      • ‘May I indicate very briefly what the position was.’
      • ‘Salaried physicians indicated a greater willingness to engage in organizational citizenship behaviors.’
      • ‘May I just indicate briefly the background which is referred to in that affidavit.’
      • ‘I've indicated to the President of the Senate in correspondence that my confidence in the Clerk is fast diminishing.’
      • ‘And there may be, as indicated by the president this morning, the possibility of additional troops.’
      • ‘Store owners who were surveyed indicated their sales rose by 38 percent, worth $10 million per year.’
      • ‘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, make it known, announce, communicate, mention, say, reveal, divulge, disclose, register, record, put it on record
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    3. 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’
      • ‘Hand gestures to indicate the sighting of a hammerhead or a basking shark can easily be misunderstood if they are improvised at the last moment!’
      • ‘West Yorkshire police officers had given chase after a Nissan Terrano they thought was towing a faulty trailer failed to pull over when they indicated to the driver.’
      • ‘With a sweeping gesture, he indicated the entire sheet of grey, fuzzy static.’
      • ‘Another gesture indicated a line on his rough map.’
      • ‘They will signal a passerby in with gestures indicating the offer of a cup of tea or something to eat.’
      • ‘Lee had gestured to indicate the kitchen and the rest of the house.’
      • ‘He indicated a colossal towering figure, easily thirteen foot high, meandering towards us along the wide roads.’
      • ‘Take a look around,’ he said with a gesture indicating the enclosed room, ‘No one else.’’
      • ‘With a more confident gesture, she indicated the bulletin board where they posted the listing and they moved toward it.’
      • ‘These cadences were indicated by conventional gestures of the hand and fingers.’
      • ‘The gesture indicated formal speech and authority and appears in pictorial representation of situations involving preaching, prophecy and command.’
      • ‘She gave an all-encompassing gesture to indicate her surroundings.’
      • ‘You make some gestures to indicate you've lost your handle for a moment; you turn away and get your grip.’
      • ‘And I don't know of any other handshape-based gestures indicating academic allegiance.’
      • ‘She swept her arm out in a grand gesture, indicating the land about them.’
      • ‘From the moment that Schlag and trumps have been announced, players can use signals to indicate to their partner what cards they hold.’
      • ‘A good director would have cut some of the annoyingly repetitive and obvious gestures used to indicate character.’
      point to, point out, gesture towards
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    4. 1.4 (of a gauge or meter) register a reading of (a quantity, dimension, etc.).
      • ‘Again the camera meter will indicate a shutter speed and an aperture to give you an 18% grey object.’
      • ‘An LED display between the speedometer and tachometer indicates which gear the driver has chosen.’
      • ‘Simple depth gauges measuring the maximum depths indicate some remarkably deep dives attained by shearwaters.’
      • ‘The OAT gauge indicated we were at or slightly below freezing.’
      • ‘Projected display for portable sensor indicating the location of a detected hidden object behind a surface’
      • ‘A ‘suspicion’ meter indicates the likelihood of your discovery and forces you to keep moving, keep your distance from guards and whatnot.’
      • ‘Wouldn't a conscientious journalist blush to use the word success when the best available gauge indicates failure?’
      • ‘Start timing the process when the dial gauge indicates that the recommended pressure has been reached, or when the weighted gauge begins to jiggle or rock.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It could also be caused by the fact that the actual pressure at the nozzle is less than that indicated by the pressure gauge.’
      • ‘Although the fuel gauge indicated a safe fuel state, the low-fuel light flickered.’
      • ‘LCD ‘hands’ point to stamped numbers along the perimeter of the computer's face indicating current speed, average speed and maximum speed.’
      • ‘The fuel gauges indicated between 180 and 190 pounds per side as we cleared the active runway.’
      • ‘If the meter indicates poor air/fuel ratio at idle, correct it by adjusting the idle-mixture screws.’
      • ‘The activity LED will blink twice which indicates Speed Boost is enabled.’
      • ‘The winner was the lady who told the saddest life story as indicated by a sound meter measuring the volume of the audience's applause for each contestant.’
      • ‘The fuel gauge indicated that the hovercar's tank was still half-full so that made it even more likely that it had crashed, rendering the boy unconscious.’
      register, record, display, show, have as a reading, measure
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  • 2Suggest as a desirable or necessary course of action.

    ‘the treatment is likely to be indicated in severely depressed patients’
    • ‘Preterm delivery may be indicated because of deterioration of maternal or fetal health, and obstetric complications may occur.’
    • ‘Lamotrigine has been available since 1994 and is indicated as adjunctive therapy for partial seizures in adults and children.’
    • ‘When an uncomplicated nasal fracture is suspected, plain radiography rarely is indicated.’
    • ‘An appropriate physical examination and necessary medically indicated investigation are clearly essential.’
    • ‘Occasionally, when confronted with unusual symptoms or signs that are refractory to standard therapy, referral may be indicated.’
    • ‘For example, a detailed physical examination may be indicated in some cases.’
    • ‘In patients with pulmonary hypertension, more frequent chest radiographs to assess catheter position may be indicated.’
    • ‘If the memory loss is severe enough to warrant a diagnosis of dementia, then cholinesterase inhibitor therapy would be indicated.’
    • ‘Insulin therapy also is indicated in patients with contraindications to antidiabetic medications.’
    • ‘If monitoring of the middle cerebral artery indicates anaemia, fetal blood sampling and intrauterine transfusion are indicated.’
    • ‘If a wound becomes infected, oral or intravenous antibiotics might be indicated and should be chosen based on bacterial cultures.’
    • ‘In some cases, complementary examinations such as bronchography, bronchoscopy, and cardiac catheterization may be indicated.’
    • ‘Skin scraping, biopsy, or culture may be indicated if skin lesions are present.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if systemic inflammation is responsible, then antiinflammatory therapy may be indicated.’
    • ‘Further examination using colonoscopy may be indicated in individual patients.’
    • ‘The other part of the schedule lists immunizations indicated and contraindicated by medical conditions.’
    • ‘Additional blood tests may be indicated in patients with more severe injuries.’
    advisable, desirable, recommended, suggested, desired, preferable, best, sensible, wise, commonsensical, prudent
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

indicate

/ˈɪndəˌkeɪt//ˈindəˌkāt/