Definition of indication noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

indication

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌɪndɪˈkeɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndɪˈkeɪʃn//
 
[countable, uncountable] Experiments and research
 
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a remark or sign that shows that something is happening or what somebody is thinking or feeling indication (of something) They gave no indication of how the work should be done. indication (of doing something) He shows every indication (= clear signs) of wanting to accept the post. indication (that…) There are clear indications that the economy is improving. All the indications are that the deal will go ahead as planned. Synonymssignindication symptom symbol indicator signalThese are all words for an event, action or 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 (rather formal) a remark or sign that shows that something is happening or what somebody 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 somebody says; a sign is usually something that happens or something that somebody does.symptom a change in your body or mind that shows that you are not healthy; a sign that something exists, especially something bad:Symptoms include a sore throat. The rise in inflation was just one symptom of the poor state of the economy.symbol a person, object or event that represents a more general quality or situation:The dove is a universal symbol of peace.indicator (rather formal) a sign that shows you what something is like or how a situation is changing:the economic indicatorssignal an event, action or fact that shows that something exists, is happening or may happen in the future:Chest pains can be a warning signal of heart problems.sign or signal? Signal is often used to talk about an event, action or fact that suggests to somebody 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 See related entries: Experiments and research Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin indicatio(n-), from the verb indicare, from in- ‘towards’ + dicare ‘make known’.Extra examples All the indications are that she will make a full recovery. Amid indications of growing disorder in the capital, the president is to make a speech on television tonight. He gave his clearest indication yet that he will keep racing. He gave us no indication as to what was the matter. He has given ample indications of his intentions. He was last night locked in talks over his future amid indications that he plans to resign. His early successes gave some indication of his ability. Indications show that at least 2 000 more businesses will go bankrupt before the end of the year. It was a fair indication of what was to come. Preliminary indications are that the tape is authentic. Rising interest rates were an outward indication of the change in government attitude to economic controls. She smiled, not giving the slightest indication of what had just happened. Some car alarms have no visual indication that they are in operation. The comments made by management may be taken as an indication of how they felt about their workers. The popularity of the government building project served as an indication of public support. The researchers say they can find no indication that television has harmful physical effects on children. There was no clinical indication for such a test. There’s every indication that the operation has been a success. This is an indication to drivers who break the law that they will be punished He shows every indication of wanting to accept the post. They gave no indication as to how the work should be done.
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