Meaning of INDICATION in English


in ‧ di ‧ ca ‧ tion S3 W3 AC /ˌɪndəˈkeɪʃ ə n, ˌɪndɪˈkeɪʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ indication , ↑ indicator ; verb : ↑ indicate ; adjective : ↑ indicative ]

a sign, remark, event etc that shows what is happening, what someone is thinking or feeling, or what is true

indication of

Dark green leaves are a good indication of healthy roots.

He gave no indication at all of his own feelings.

Could you give me some indication as to when I am likely to receive a reply?

indication (that)

Taking a career history along with you will be a clear indication that you are well organized.

Indications are that the situation hasn’t improved much.

There is every indication (=there are very clear signs) that it is true.

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▪ sign [countable] an event, fact etc that shows that something is happening or that something is true or exists:

The curtains were still drawn and there was no sign of activity.


A score of 80 or more is a sign that you are doing very well.

▪ indication [countable] a sign. Indication is more formal than sign :

Recently there have been several indications of improving relations.


There was no indication the killings were related to the drug trade.

▪ evidence [uncountable] facts or signs that show clearly that something exists or is true, especially something that you are trying to prove:

Scientists are hoping to find evidence that there was once life on Mars.


There was not enough evidence to convict him of the murder.

▪ symptom [countable] a sign that someone has an illness or that a serious problem exists:

The first symptoms are tiredness and loss of weight.


Is this a symptom of the decay of Western civilization?

▪ indicator [countable] a sign that shows you what is happening or what is true – used about a process, or about the state or level of something:

There are a number of indicators of economic slowdown.


The tests are considered a good indicator of intelligence.

▪ signal [countable] a sign that shows that you should do something, or that you have a particular attitude:

Severe chest pain is a warning signal that cannot be ignored.


Legalizing drugs could send the wrong signal to young people.

▪ mark [countable] a sign, especially that you respect or honour someone:

People stood in silence as a mark of respect.


It was a mark of her popularity that so many colleagues and friends attended the presentation.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.