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."

Definitions of indicate
  1. verb
    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
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    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  2. verb
    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
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    tell
    let something be known
  3. verb
    give evidence of
    “The results indicate the need for more work”
    synonyms: argue
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    lay out, present, represent
    bring forward and present to the mind
  4. verb
    state or express briefly
    indicated his wishes in a letter”
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    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
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    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  5. verb
    suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine
    “Tetracycline is indicated in such cases”
    synonyms: suggest
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    contraindicate
    make a treatment inadvisable
    type of:
    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
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