October 10, 2020
Learner's Word of the Day
indicate /ɪndəˌkeɪt/ verb

indicates; indicated; indicating

The sign indicates what direction to go in.
The sign indicates what direction to go in.
Learner's definition of INDICATE

1 [+ object] : to show (something)

  • Our records indicate a depth of 3,000 feet here.

  • Studies indicate (that) this chemical could cause cancer.

  • The map indicates where the treasure is buried.

: to show that (something) exists or is true

  • There is nothing to indicate that the two events are connected.

  • The size of his offer indicates that he is eager to buy the house.

  • His hot forehead indicates a fever. = His hot forehead indicates that he has a fever.

2 [+ object] : to direct attention to (someone or something) usually by pointing

  • The general used a long ruler to indicate on the map exactly where the troops would land.

  • We asked how to get to the rear entrance, and he indicated a path leading around the right side of the building.

3 [+ object] : to show or suggest that (something) is needed — usually used as (be) indicated

  • Further testing is indicated. [=is called for; is necessary]

  • He feels that a different approach is indicated.

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