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verb indicate pronunciation in American English /ˈɪndɪˌkeɪt/ 
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present tense
present participleindicating
past tenseindicated
past participleindicated
  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 someone's 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.


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