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1 be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued" [syn: bespeak, betoken, point, signal]
2 indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents" [syn: point, show]
3 to state or express briefly; "indicated his wishes in a letter" [ant: contraindicate]
4 give evidence of; "The evidence argues for your claim"; "The results indicate the need for more work" [syn: argue]
5 suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine; "Tetracycline is indicated in such cases" [syn: suggest] [ant: contraindicate]

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From Latin indicare, from in- + dicare, "to proclaim".


  1. To point out; to discover; to direct to a knowledge of; to show; to make known.
  2. To show or manifest by symptoms; to point to as the proper remedies; as, great prostration of strength indicates the use of stimulants.
  3. To signal in a vehicle the desire to turn right or left
  4. To investigate the condition or power of, as of steam engine, by means of an indicator.

Derived terms


To point out; to discover; to direct to a knowledge of; to show; to make known
To show or manifest by symptoms
To signal in a vehicle the desire to turn right or left
To investigate the condition or power of
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