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indicate (v)

From the Academic Word List

If I am giving someone directions on how to get to a certain place, and that person nods their head, that person gives me an indication they understand.


Indication means to give a sign or a signal, or to show something is true.

Word Family

indicate (verb), indication (noun)


  • He indicated with his eyes that he understood the message.
  • There was no indication that the company was going to close.  On the contrary, there was every indication they would continue their business.
  • Sneezing, a runny nose, and a sore throat are all indications someone has a cold.

Richard Carrigan

Richard Carrigan has been an educator for over 30 years. He has experience teaching professional and academic English. He earned his graduate degree from Shenandoah University.

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