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.
[Latin indicre, indict-, to show, from index, forefinger, indicator; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]
indi·ca·tory(-k-t?r, -tr) adj.
Synonyms: indicate, argue, attest, bespeak, betoken, testify, witness These verbs mean to give grounds for supposing or inferring the existence or presence of something: a fever indicating illness; a shabby house that argues poverty; paintings that attest the artists genius; disorder that bespeaks negligence; melting snows that betoken spring floods; a comment testifying ignorance; a stunned silence that witnessed his shock.
indicate /ndket/ v. [T] -cated, -cating, -cates1 to show where or what s.t. is: The girl indicated her choice of dessert by pointing to the chocolate cake.2 to mean, symbolize: Those black clouds indicate that it might rain soon.
Thesaurus: indicate1 to communicate, point out | signal, denote 2 to be a sign of s.t., point to the fact, imply.