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In tournament play, the chair umpire announces the end of the match with the well-known phrase "Game, set, match" followed by the winning person's or team's name.

It is similarly used in other contexts to indicate the winner, often in an argument or a comparison.

The following definitions are from OALD. Which senses of announce and indicate are most fitting to the above context?

announce:

  1. to tell people something officially, especially about a decision, plans, etc
  2. to give information about something in a public place, especially through a loudspeaker
  3. to say something in a loud and/or serious way

indicate:

  1. to show that something is true or exists
  2. to be a sign of something; to show that something is possible or likely
  3. to mention something, especially in an indirect way
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Definitions are not mutually exclusive. In this case, all of the definitions of announce that are given, a well as all of the definitions of indicate, are "most fitting to the context". –  John Lawler Aug 16 '12 at 18:53
    
Which context are you talking about? –  coleopterist Aug 16 '12 at 19:21
    
It's the passage from my first blockquote –  Theo Aug 16 '12 at 19:41
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In tournament play, the chair umpire announces the end of the match with the well-known phrase "Game, set, match" followed by the winning person's or team's name.

All three senses of the word announce could be applicable here. But, seeing as to how the "official" is talking about a result, you could say that sense 1 is the best fit.

It is similarly used in other contexts to indicate the winner, often in an argument or a comparison.

"Game, set and match" is used, in general, to show that something has been won. Ergo, sense 2 would be the most applicable here.

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