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November 21, 2011 - Word of the Day: indicate


The word "indicate" means to show or demonstrate. As a teacher, I use indicate fairly often in videos and in lessons when explaining the function of verbs and adjectives:

  • The verb "be" indicates the verb tense in this sentence: Dinner is served at 6:00. (This sentence is in the present tense as indicated by the verb "be": is.

Here are some more examples:

  • The bill indicates that we owe more money this month than last month.
  • All the facts are indicating that this man is guilty.
  • His chart indicates that sales for the company are improving.


The noun form is "indication."

  • These sales figures are an indication of strong growth.
  • The test result is an indication that your cholesterol level is too high.

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