Can I use imply as a synonym for indicate in this sentence or is there a more suitable word?

The status attribute with the value of 201 is a signal sent from the service provider to the client to indicate a successful updating of the usere's record in the bus table.

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Imply and indicate have different meanings:

indicate means that the result is straightforwardly or directly determined
imply means that the result is indirectly determined.

Indicate has a higher exactness than imply.

A return code of 201 indicates the update was successful.


Imply and indicate are synonyms in the sense that both can be used to mean suggest or express indirectly.

I think you can replace indicate with suggest or imply in the sentence presented.

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