- 1a sign that shows you what something is like or how a situation is changing The economic indicators are better than expected. These atmospheric waves are a reliable indicator of weather changes. Thesaurussignindication symptom symbol indicator signalThese are all words for an event, an action, or a fact that shows that something exists, is happening, or may happen in the future.sign an event, action, or fact that shows that something exists, is happening, or may happen in the future:Headaches may be a sign of stress.indication (somewhat formal) a remark or sign that shows that something is happening or what someone is thinking or feeling:They gave no indication as to how the work should be done.sign or indication?An indication often comes in the form of something that someone says; a sign is usually something that happens or something that someone does.symptom a change in your body or mind that shows that you are not healthy; a sign that something exists, especially something bad:A sore throat may be a symptom of an ear infection. The rise in inflation was just one symptom of the poor state of the economy.symbol a person, an object, or an event that represents a more general quality or situation:The dove is a universal symbol of peace.indicator (somewhat formal) a sign that shows you what something is like or how a situation is changing:the economic indicators Healthy skin is an indicator of overall well-being.signal an event, an action, or a fact that shows that something exists, is happening, or may happen in the future:This latest decision is a signal of a major change in policy. Reducing prison sentences would send the wrong signals to criminals.sign or signal?Signal is often used to talk about an event, an action, or a fact that suggests to someone that they should do something. Sign is not usually used in this way:Reducing prison sentences would send the wrong signs to criminals.Patterns a(n) sign/indication/symptom/symbol/indicator/signal of something a(n) sign/indication/symptom/indicator/signal that… a clear sign/indication/symptom/symbol/indicator/signal an obvious sign/indication/symptom/symbol/indicator an early sign/indication/symptom/indicator/signal an outward sign/indication/symbol to give a(n) sign/indication/signal AWL Collocationsindicateindicate verbdata, evidence finding, result study analysis, researchThe data indicate that UVA radiation exerts harmful effects on these organisms.correlation differenceComparison of color intensity with lead concentration indicated no correlation.presence willingness preference extent importanceField studies indicate the importance of feathers in nest linings.clearly strongly reliably (not) necessarilyThese two examples clearly indicate that the potential incomes from market gardening are considerable.otherwiseUnless otherwise indicated, information presented in the article is based on interviews.indication nounclear strong reliable slight early, preliminary outwardThere are strong indications that the situation is changing.give, offer, provide, yield reveal, show find seeRed markings at the top of the gauge give an easy indication that water levels are too high.point to suggestAll indications point to the fact that we have to address the issue as quickly as possible.indicative adjectivestrongly (not) necessarilyHeavy snoring and periods of stopped breathing are strongly indicative of sleep apnea.indicator nouna sign that shows you what something is like or how a situation is changingaccurate, reliable unreliable keyBrand awareness is a key indicator of a brand's strength.economic, macroeconomic socioeconomic behavioral performanceLiving standards, defined by economic indicators such as wages, increased steadily.point to, signal, suggestAccording to the report, there are currently no indicators suggesting this trend will change in the short-term.
- 2 a device on a machine that shows speed, pressure, etc. a depth indicator
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