• IPA: /ˈɪndɪkeɪt/

indicate (indicates, present participle indicating; 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.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0025 ↗:
      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.
  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.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • German: den Blinker setzen, blinken
  • Russian: сигна́лить
  • Spanish: señalizar (Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador)

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