indicate


indicate
indicate, betoken, attest, bespeak, argue, prove can all mean to give evidence of or to serve as ground for a valid or reasonable inference.
One thing indicates another when the former serves as a symptom or a sign pointing to the latter as a justifiable or necessary conclusion, treatment, or remedy
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the facts revealed by the auditor's investigation indicate that the peculations were not confined to one person

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conflicting findings indicate further neurological research— Collier's Yr. Bk.

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such symptoms indicate an operation

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the results . . . are believed to be the first to indicate a possible magnetic effect directly attributable to a solar eclipse— Harradon

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One thing betokens another when the former serves as visible or sensible evidence or, more narrowly, as a presage or portent of the latter
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his appearance betokened complete security— Meredith

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the black clouds betoken a storm

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like a red morn, that ever yet betokened wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field— Shak.

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towering business buildings, great warehouses, and numerous factories betoken its importance— Amer. Guide Series: N. C.

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One thing attests another when the former serves as indisputable evidence of the latter and has the force though not necessarily the character of legal testimony or documentary proof
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the great seal . . . attests . . .the verity of the presidential signature— John Marshall

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their success is attested by the marvelous exactness with which eclipses are foretold— Darrow

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One thing bespeaks another when the former leads to the inference that it is the outward manifestation of the latter
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to Him whose works bespeak his nature— Cowper

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the large abstention from voting in our elections must certainly bespeak an indifference not without meaning— Frankfurter

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a glint of pride in her eyes that bespoke her new dignity— Lasswell

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One thing argues another when the former gives good reason for belief in the existence, the reality, or the presence of the latter
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his evasion, of course, was the height of insolence, but it argued unlimited resource and verveKipling

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to the grub under the bark the ex-quisite fitness of the woodpecker's organism to extract him would certainly argue a diabolical designer— James

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a becoming deference argues deficiency in self-respect— Whitehead

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One thing proves another when the former serves to demonstrate or manifest the truth of the latter
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your language proves you still the child— Tennyson

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to become a writer was, however, in Thoreau's mind; his verses prove it, his journal proves it— Canby

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Analogous words: intimate, hint, *suggest: evince, evidence, demonstrate, manifest, *show: import, signify, denote, *mean

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  • indicate — UK US /ˈɪndɪkeɪt/ verb [T] ► to show something, point to something, or make something clear: indicate sth to sb »Retailers should indicate to the consumer the exact weight of the produce. »The scheme will be subject to the modification indicated… …   Financial and business terms

  • Indicate — In di*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Indicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Indicating}.] [L. indicatus, p. p. of indicare to indicate; pref. in in + dicare to proclaim; akin to dicere to say. See {Diction}, and cf. {Indict}, {Indite}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indicate — [in′di kāt΄] vt. indicated, indicating [< L indicatus, pp. of indicare, to indicate, show < in , in, to + dicare, to point out, declare: see DICTION] 1. to direct attention to; point to or point out; show 2. to be or give a sign, token, or… …   English World dictionary

  • indicate — (v.) 1650s, back formation from indication, or else from L. indicatus, pp. of indicare to point out, show, indicate, declare (see INDICATION (Cf. indication)). Related: Indicated; indicating …   Etymology dictionary

  • indicate — I verb advert to, allude to, augur, be a sign of, be a token of, bespeak, betoken, brief, call attention to, connote, convey, direct, direct attention to, evidence, evince, express briefly, express generally, foretoken, give a signal, guide,… …   Law dictionary

  • indicate — [v] signify, display add up to, announce, argue, attest, augur, bespeak, be symptomatic, betoken, button down*, card, connote, demonstrate, denote, designate, evidence, evince, express, finger, hint, illustrate, imply, import, intimate, make,… …   New thesaurus

  • indicate — ► VERB 1) point out; show. 2) be a sign or symptom of. 3) state briefly or indirectly. 4) suggest as a desirable or necessary course of action. 5) chiefly Brit. (of a driver) use an indicator to signal an intention to change lanes or turn.… …   English terms dictionary

  • indicate */*/*/ — UK [ˈɪndɪkeɪt] / US [ˈɪndɪˌkeɪt] verb Word forms indicate : present tense I/you/we/they indicate he/she/it indicates present participle indicating past tense indicated past participle indicated 1) [transitive] to express an intention, opinion, or …   English dictionary

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  • indicate — [[t]ɪ̱ndɪkeɪt[/t]] ♦♦ indicates, indicating, indicated 1) VERB If one thing indicates another, the first thing shows that the second is true or exists. [V that] A survey of retired people has indicated that most are independent and enjoying life …   English dictionary


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