indicator Definition

  • 1a thing, especially a trend or fact, that shows the state or level of something
  • 2a device providing specific information on the state or condition of something, in particular

Using indicator: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "indicator" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The stock market is often used as an indicator of the country's economic health.

  • Example

    The temperature gauge is an indicator of how hot or cold the engine is.

  • Example

    The crime rate is a good indicator of the safety of a neighborhood.

indicator Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for indicator

Antonyms for indicator

  • decoy
  • misleading information

Idioms Using indicator

  • a good/bad indicator of something

    something that provides useful or useless information about a situation


    The number of people attending the event is a good indicator of its popularity.

  • an indicator species

    a species whose presence, absence, or abundance reflects a specific environmental condition


    The spotted owl is an indicator species for old-growth forests.

  • a measurable factor that changes before the economy starts to follow a particular pattern or trend


    The stock market is often considered a leading indicator of economic growth.

Phrases with indicator

  • a statistic that provides information about the overall state of the economy


    Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is one of the most important economic indicators.

  • a measure of the overall health of a population or individual


    Body Mass Index (BMI) is a commonly used health indicator.

  • a measure of the well-being of individuals or communities


    The Human Development Index (HDI) is a widely used quality of life indicator.

Origins of indicator

from Latin 'indicare', meaning 'to point out'


Summary: indicator in Brief

An 'indicator' [ˈɪndɪkeɪtə(r)] is a thing or device that shows the state or level of something. It can be a trend, fact, or specific information, such as the temperature gauge in a car. The term extends into phrases like 'economic indicator,' 'health indicator,' and 'quality of life indicator,' which provide measures of the overall state of a system. Idioms like 'a good/bad indicator of something' and 'a leading indicator' denote the usefulness of information provided by an indicator.

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