Definition of indicate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪndɪkeɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪndɪkeɪt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they indicate
    BrE BrE//ˈɪndɪkeɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪndɪkeɪt//
    he / she / it indicates
    BrE BrE//ˈɪndɪkeɪts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪndɪkeɪts//
    past simple indicated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪndɪkeɪtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪndɪkeɪtɪd//
    past participle indicated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪndɪkeɪtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪndɪkeɪtɪd//
    -ing form indicating
    BrE BrE//ˈɪndɪkeɪtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪndɪkeɪtɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to show that something is true or exists indicate something Record profits in the retail market indicate a boom in the economy. A yellowing of the skin indicates jaundice. The article claims that an increase in crime indicates a decline in moral standards. indicate (that…) Research indicates that eating habits are changing fast. Kingston-upon-Thames, as the name indicates, is situated on the banks of the Thames. indicate how, what etc… Our results indicate how misleading it could be to rely on this method. See related entries: Experiments and research
  2. suggest
  3. 2  [transitive] to be a sign of something; to show that something is possible or likely indicate something A red sky at night often indicates fine weather the next day. indicate that… Early results indicate that the government will be returned to power. See related entries: Experiments and research
  4. mention
  5. 3  [transitive] to mention something, especially in an indirect way indicate (to somebody) (that)… In his letter he indicated to us (that) he was willing to cooperate. indicate something (to somebody) He indicated his willingness to cooperate. indicate whether, when, etc… Has she indicated yet whether she would like to be involved? Synonymsdeclarestate indicate announceThese words all mean to say something, usually firmly and clearly and often in public.declare (rather formal) to say something officially or publicly; to state something firmly and clearly:to declare war The painting was declared to be a forgery.state (rather formal) to formally write or say something, especially in a careful and clear way:He has already stated his intention to run for election.indicate (rather formal) to state something, sometimes in a way that is slightly indirect:During our meeting, he indicated his willingness to cooperate.announce to tell people officially about a decision or plans; to give information about something in a public place, especially through a loudspeaker; to say something in a loud and/​or serious way:They haven’t formally announced their engagement yet. Has our flight been announced yet?declare or announce? Declare is used more often for giving judgements; announce is used more often for giving facts:The painting was announced to be a forgery. They haven’t formally declared their engagement yet.Patterns to declare/​state/​indicate/​announce that… to declare/​state somebody/​something to be something to declare/​state/​indicate/​announce your intention to do something to declare/​state/​announce something formally/​publicly/​officially to declare/​state/​announce something firmly/​confidently
  6. point to
  7. 4  [transitive] (formal) to make somebody notice somebody/something, especially by pointing or moving your head indicate somebody/something (to somebody) She took out a map and indicated the quickest route to us. ‘What are they doing here?’ he asked, indicating her bags in the hallway. indicate where, which, etc… He indicated where the furniture was to go. indicate that… She indicated that I was to sit down.
  8. give information
  9. 5[transitive] indicate something (formal) to represent information without using words The results are indicated in Table 2.
  10. 6[transitive] (formal) to give information in writing indicate something You are allowed 20kgs of baggage unless indicated otherwise on your ticket. As indicated above, this chapter deals with the practical implications of the research. indicate which, where, etc… Please indicate clearly which colour you require.
  11. show measurement
  12. 7[transitive] indicate something | indicate how much, how many, etc… (of an instrument for measuring things) to show a particular measurement When the temperature gauge indicates 90°F or more, turn off the engine. See related entries: Experiments and research
  13. in vehicle
  14. 8[intransitive, transitive] (British English) to show that your vehicle is going to change direction, by using lights or your arm synonym signal Always indicate before moving into another lane. indicate something He indicated left and then turned right. indicate (that)… She indicated that she was turning right. See related entries: Driving
  15. be recommended
  16. 9[transitive, usually passive] indicate something (formal) to be necessary or recommended A course of chemotherapy was indicated.
  17. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin indicat- ‘pointed out’, from the verb indicare, from in- ‘towards’ + dicare ‘make known’.Extra examples Growth will be at a lower rate than previously indicated. He has declared support for women, but his actions have indicated otherwise. Symbols are used to indicate the facilities available at each hotel. These facts would seem to indicate that the family was wealthy. These figures indicate to me that the company is in serious trouble. This sign usually indicates a pedestrian zone. As I’ve already indicated to you, what we do next depends on a number of factors. During our meeting, he indicated his willingness to cooperate. Early results indicate that the government will be returned to power. In a key speech, the Queen indicated that she was willing to pay tax. When the temperature gauge indicates 30°C or more, turn off the engine.
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