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verb indicate pronunciation in American English /ˈɪndɪˌkeɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleindicating
past tenseindicated
past participleindicated
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to be a sign or symbol of something
    Each pin on the map indicates a district office.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to show that something will happen, is true, or exists
    indicate (that): A survey indicated that 89 percent of people recycle paper.
    indicate whether: Test results will indicate whether the treatment was successful.
    clearly/strongly indicate something: Today’s disastrous events clearly indicate the importance of planning.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to express an intention, opinion, or wish in an indirect way
    Both sides indicated a willingness to solve the problem.
    indicate (that): Her tone indicated that she didn’t believe a word of my explanation.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to show that a particular kind of action or treatment is necessary
    We’ll monitor closely in case early delivery of the baby is indicated.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to direct someones attention toward a particular person, place, or thing, for example with your hand or head
    “Here it is,” she said, indicating the house.
    indicate by/with someone/something: He indicated the boss’s office with a nod.
  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] British to signal a turn in a vehicle by using an indicator


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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