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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of indicare, from dicare 'to say publicly or officially'

indicate

verb
     
Related topics: Motor Vehicles
in‧di‧cate W1
1 [transitive] to show that a particular situation exists, or that something is likely to be true
indicate (that)
Research indicates that over 81% of teachers are dissatisfied with their salary.
Long skid marks on the pavement indicated the driver had attempted to brake.
The study indicates a connection between poverty and crime.
2 [transitive] to say or do something to make your wishes, intentions etc clear:
The Russians have already indicated their willingness to cooperate.
Professor Johnson has indicated his intention to retire at the end of next year.
indicate (that)
Ralph patted the sofa to indicate that she should join him.
Please indicate your preference on the booking form.
3 [transitive] to direct someone's attention to something or someone, for example by pointing:
'That's her,' said Toby, indicating a girl on the other side of the room.
4 [transitive] to represent something:
Sales targets are indicated on the graph by a vertical dotted line.
5 [intransitive and transitive] British EnglishTTC to show the direction in which you intend to turn in a vehicle, using lights or your hands [= signal]:
Don't forget to indicate before you pull out.

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