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Webster 1913 Edition


Indicate

In′di-cate

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Indicated
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Indicating
.]
[L.
indicatus
, p. p. of
indicare
to indicate; pref.
in-
in +
dicare
to proclaim; akin to
dicere
to say. See
Diction
, and cf.
Indict
,
Indite
.]
1.
To point out; to discover; to direct to a knowledge of; to show; to make known.
That turns and turns to
indicate

From what point blows the weather.
Cowper.
Syn. – To show; mark; signify; denote; discover; evidence; evince; manifest; declare; specify; explain; exhibit; present; reveal; disclose; display.

Webster 1828 Edition


Indicate

IN'DICATE

,
Verb.
T.
[L. indico; in and dico, to show.]
1.
To show; to point out; to discover; to direct the mind to a knowledge of something not seen, or something that will probably occur in future. Thus, fermentation indicates a certain degree of heat in a liquor. A heavy swell of the sea in calm weather often indicates a storm at a distance. A particular kind of cloud in the west at evening, indicates the approach of rain.
2.
To tell; to disclose.
3.
In medicine, to show or manifest by symptoms; to point to as the proper remedies; as, great prostration of strength indicates the use of stimulants.

Definition 2021


indicate

indicate

English

Verb

indicate (third-person singular simple present indicates, present participle indicating, simple past and past participle indicated)

  1. To point out; to discover; to direct to a knowledge of; to show; to make known.
    The guard blew his whistle to indicate imminent departure.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      With just the turn of a shoulder she indicated the water front, where, at the end of the dock on which they stood, lay the good ship, Mount Vernon, river packet, the black smoke already pouring from her stacks.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 20, in The China Governess:
      The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen. [] The second note, the high alarum, not so familiar and always important since it indicates the paramount sin in Man's private calendar, took most of them by surprise although they had been well prepared.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
      Many genes with reproductive roles also have antibacterial and immune functions, which indicate that the threat of microbial attack on the sperm or egg may be a major influence on rapid evolution during reproduction.
  2. To show or manifest by symptoms; to point to as the proper remedies.
    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.
    • 1903, "How to indicate an engine" in The Star Improved Steam Engine Indicator, p.64:
      To a person who is familiar with the use of an indicator, whether it be of one make or another, it is needless to give instructions as to how an engine should be indicated, [].
    • 1905, Power, Vol.25, p.448:
      I found it fully as easy to indicate an engine at a speed of 320 to 340 revolutions as at 80.
    • 1905, Central Station, Vol.5, p.76:
      An indicator will give the working of these valves at all times and soon return its cost in higher engine efficiency. The day has passed when it was only the expert who could indicate an engine or afford to own an indicator.

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External links

  • indicate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • indicate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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Italian

Adjective

indicate f pl

  1. feminine plural of indicato

Verb

indicate

  1. second-person plural present of indicare
  2. second-person plural imperative of indicare
  3. feminine plural past participle of indicare

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Latin

Participle

indicāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of indicātus

Verb

indicāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of indicō