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in·di·cate

 (ĭn′dĭ-kāt′)

tr.v. indi·cat·ed, indi·cat·ing, indi·cates

1. To show the way to or the direction of; point out: an arrow indicating north; indicated the right road by nodding toward it.

2. To serve as a sign, symptom, or token of; signify: “The cracking and booming of the ice indicate a change of temperature” (Henry David Thoreau).

3. To suggest or demonstrate the necessity, expedience, or advisability of: The symptoms indicate immediate surgery.

4. To state or express briefly: indicated his wishes in a letter; indicating her approval with a nod.



in′di·ca·to′ry (-kə-tôr′ē) adj.

Synonyms: indicate, attest, bespeak, betoken
These verbs mean to give grounds for supposing or inferring the existence or presence of something: a fever indicating illness; paintings that attest the artist’s genius; disorder that bespeaks negligence; melting snows that betoken spring floods.

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indicate

(ˈɪndɪˌkeɪt)

vb (tr)

1. (may take a clause as object) to be or give a sign or symptom of; imply: cold hands indicate a warm heart.

2. to point out or show

3. (may take a clause as object) to state briefly; suggest: he indicated what his feelings were.

4. (of instruments) to show a reading of: the speedometer indicated 50 miles per hour.

5. (usually passive) to recommend or require: surgery seems to be indicated for this patient.

[C17: from Latin indicāre to point out, from in-2 + dicāre to proclaim; compare index]

ˈindiˌcatable adj

indicatory adj

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in•di•cate

(ˈɪn dɪˌkeɪt)

v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.

1. to be a sign of; betoken: Snow indicates winter.

2. to point out or point to: to indicate a place on a map.

3. to demonstrate the conditions of.

4. to express minimally: indicated his disapproval with a frown.

5. to show or suggest the suitability or necessity of: The facts indicate a need for action.

[1645–55; indicātus, past participle of indicāre to point, make known, v. derivative of index index]

in′di•cat`a•ble, adj.

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indicate

– show

1. talking about evidence and results

You can use indicate and show in a similar way when you are talking about evidence or the results of research.

Evidence indicates that the experiments were unsuccessful.

Research shows that doctors are working harder.

2. talking about objects

If you show an object to someone, you hold it up or give or take it to them, so that they can look at it. When show has this meaning, it always takes an indirect object. You can say ‘show someone something’ or ‘show something to someone.

I showed Ayeisha what I had written.

Show your drawing to the teacher.

‘Indicate’ is not usually used with this meaning.

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indicate

Past participle: indicated
Gerund: indicating

Imperative
indicate
indicate
Present
I indicate
you indicate
he/she/it indicates
we indicate
you indicate
they indicate
Preterite
I indicated
you indicated
he/she/it indicated
we indicated
you indicated
they indicated
Present Continuous
I am indicating
you are indicating
he/she/it is indicating
we are indicating
you are indicating
they are indicating
Present Perfect
I have indicated
you have indicated
he/she/it has indicated
we have indicated
you have indicated
they have indicated
Past Continuous
I was indicating
you were indicating
he/she/it was indicating
we were indicating
you were indicating
they were indicating
Past Perfect
I had indicated
you had indicated
he/she/it had indicated
we had indicated
you had indicated
they had indicated
Future
I will indicate
you will indicate
he/she/it will indicate
we will indicate
you will indicate
they will indicate
Future Perfect
I will have indicated
you will have indicated
he/she/it will have indicated
we will have indicated
you will have indicated
they will have indicated
Future Continuous
I will be indicating
you will be indicating
he/she/it will be indicating
we will be indicating
you will be indicating
they will be indicating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been indicating
you have been indicating
he/she/it has been indicating
we have been indicating
you have been indicating
they have been indicating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been indicating
you will have been indicating
he/she/it will have been indicating
we will have been indicating
you will have been indicating
they will have been indicating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been indicating
you had been indicating
he/she/it had been indicating
we had been indicating
you had been indicating
they had been indicating
Conditional
I would indicate
you would indicate
he/she/it would indicate
we would indicate
you would indicate
they would indicate
Past Conditional
I would have indicated
you would have indicated
he/she/it would have indicated
we would have indicated
you would have indicated
they would have indicated

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