indicate

To indicate means to point something out or to present evidence. If you feel sick during a car trip, you can indicate this to the driver by groaning loudly or announcing "I'm going to be sick!"

Scientists rely on data from experiments to indicate whether their theories are correct. Indicate can also describe a symptom or signal of something else. For example, a stock market recovery could indicate growing public confidence — or foolishness, depending on which expert you ask. The verb indicate comes from the noun indication, which in turn comes from the Latin word indicare, meaning "something that points out or shows."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: indicate

1
v
indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
2
v
suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: indicate
1

v indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively

“he indicated his opponents”
Synonyms:
designate, point, show
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point
indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle
finger
indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments
call attention, point out, signalise, signalize
point out carefully and clearly
reflect
manifest or bring back
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v be a signal for or a symptom of

“These symptoms indicate a serious illness”
Synonyms:
bespeak, betoken, point, signal
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augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
indicate by signs
mark
designate as if by a mark
threaten
to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
blaze
indicate by marking trees with blazes
dimension
indicate the dimensions on
signpost
mark with a signpost, as of a path
distinguish, signalise, signalize
make conspicuous or noteworthy
buoy
mark with a buoy
foreshow
foretell by divine inspiration
Type of:
tell
let something be known

v give evidence of

“The results indicate the need for more work”
Synonyms:
argue
Type of:
lay out, present, represent
bring forward and present to the mind

v to state or express briefly

indicated his wishes in a letter”
Antonyms:
contraindicate
make a treatment inadvisable
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read, record, register, show
indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
signify
make known with a word or signal
call
indicate a decision in regard to
say
indicate
show
give evidence of, as of records
strike
indicate (a certain time) by striking
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
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v suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine

“Tetracycline is indicated in such cases”
Synonyms:
suggest
Antonyms:
contraindicate
make a treatment inadvisable
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
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