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"Indication" is a noun which is often translated as "el indicio", and "sign" is a noun which is often translated as "el letrero". Learn more about the difference between "indication" and "sign" below.
indication
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sign)
a. el indicio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There's no indication that the suspect was working with anyone else.No hay indicio alguno de que el sospechoso colaborara con otras personas.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Counting the rings of the tree stump will give you a clear indication of its age.Contando los anillos del tocón del árbol, te harás una idea clara de su edad.
There's every indication that this trend will continue.Todo indica que esta tendencia continuará.
2. (medicine)
a. la indicación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If the patient's blood pressure is elevated on two or three consecutive occasions, this may be an indication for treatment.Si la presión arterial del paciente se eleva en dos o tres ocasiones consecutivas, puede ser indicación para tratamiento.
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sign(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (public notice)
a. el letrero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He put up a "No Parking" sign in his yard.Puso un letrero que decía "Prohibido estacionarse" en su jardín.
b. la señal
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(traffic)
Didn't you see the sign? U-turns aren't allowed.¿No viste la señal? No se permiten vueltas en U.
c. el cartel
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There's a sign outside the store that says "Back in five minutes."Hay un cartel afuera de la tienda que dice "Regresamos en cinco minutos".
d. el rótulo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It's too dark and I can't see what the sign says.Está muy oscuro y no puedo ver lo que dice el rótulo.
e. la pancarta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(in a demonstration)
The protesters had made many signs for the march.Los manifestantes habían hecho muchas pancartas para la marcha.
2. (indication)
a. la señal
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Your brother is losing weight fast; that's a bad sign.Tu hermano está bajando de peso muy rápido. Esa es una mala señal.
b. el indicio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
All signs seem to indicate that a tornado is on the way.Todos los indicios señalan que viene un tornado.
c. el signo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Birds are very agitated. That's a sign that a storm is on its way.Los pájaros están muy alborotados. Eso es un signo de que hay una tormenta de camino.
3. (gesture)
a. la seña
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He made a sign that he was on the phone and couldn't talk.Me hizo una seña que estaba en el teléfono y no podía hablar.
4. (symbol)
a. el signo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My Zodiac sign is Pisces and I love the water.Mi signo del zodíaco es Piscis y me encanta el agua.
What does the pound sign mean in Twitter?¿Qué indica el signo de número en Twitter?
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to authorize)
a. firmar
I need you to sign the contract.Necesito que firmes el contrato.
6. (to say in sign language)
a. decir con lenguaje de señas
How do you sign "I love you"?¿Cómo se dice "te quiero" con lenguaje de señas?
7. (sports)
a. fichar
They signed the free agent to a max contract.Ficharon al agente libre a un contrato máximo.
b. contratar
After two seasons, they were finally able to sign the forward they wanted.Después de dos temporadas, finalmente lograron contratar al delantero que querían.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (to authorize)
a. firmar
Please sign here.Favor de firmar aquí.
9. (to use sign language)
a. comunicarse por señas
It's been years since I've been able to sign. I'm out of practice.Hace años que no uso el lenguaje de señas. Estoy fuera de práctica.
10. (sports)
a. fichar
The quarterback signed with his third team in four seasons.El mariscal de campo fichó con su tercer equipo en cuatro temporadas.
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