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in·di·cate / ˈindiˌkāt/ [tr.] • v. 1. point out; show: dotted lines indicate the text's margins. ∎  be a sign or symptom of; strongly imply: sales indicate a growing market for such art | his tone indicated that he didn't hold out much hope. ∎  admit to or state briefly: the president indicated his willingness to use force against the rebels. ∎  (of a person) direct attention to (someone or something) by means of a gesture: he indicated Cindy with a brief nod of the head. ∎  (of a gauge or meter) register a reading of (a quantity, dimension, etc.). 2. (usu. be indicated) suggest as a desirable or necessary course of action: the treatment is likely to be indicated in severely depressed patients. ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: from Latin indicat- ‘pointed out,’ from the verb indicare, from in- ‘toward’ + dicare ‘make known.’

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