Meaning of “indicator” in the English Dictionary

"indicator" in British English

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indicatornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪn.dɪ.keɪ.tər/ us /ˈɪn.də.keɪ.t̬ɚ/

indicator noun [ C ] (SHOWING)

C2 something that shows what a situation is like:

Commodity prices can be a useful indicator of inflation, he claimed.
an economic indicator

(Definition of “indicator” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"indicator" in American English

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indicatornoun [ C ]

us /ˈɪn·dɪˌkeɪt̬·ər/

a sign or signal that shows something exists or is true, or that makes something clear:

Housing permits are an indicator of the state’s economic health.
The car’s speedometer and temperature indicator were broken.

(Definition of “indicator” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"indicator" in Business English

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indicatornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪndɪkeɪtər/ us

ECONOMICS, FINANCE something that shows what a situation is like or how it is changing:

indicator of sth Rising orders are an indicator of the health of the manufacturing sector.
key/important/strong indicator The banking sector is a key indicator of the state of the economy.
a good/useful/reliable indicator

(Definition of “indicator” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)