- to be a mark or sign of; indicate: A fever often denotes an infection.
- to be a name or designation for; mean.
- to represent by a symbol; stand as a symbol for.
Origin of denote
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Examples from the Web for denote
There are different types of kimonos to denote something about the wearer, married or unmarried, young or old.Bar-Hopping With the Kyoto Geisha
September 1, 2014
And so we are all supposed to denote something from “working mother” as a descriptive adjective.The New Right-Wing Idol: Working Moms
July 16, 2014
The notion expanded to denote a personal spirit and protector by the time Horace and Ovid wrote in the first century BC.What is a Genius?
November 9, 2013
[...] Western societies almost never give their children names which denote violence.Islamophobe With Militarist Name Attacks Muslims For Militarist Names
April 12, 2013
The word citronette has come into vogue to denote vinaigrette made with citrus juice in place of all or part of the vinegar.The Way To Dress A Naked Salad
July 7, 2009
Matthew had turned over his cup to denote that his meal was finished.The Shadow of a Crime
It does not denote that the two conceptions are the same or that they belong to the same genus.Ancient Law
Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
In psychotherapy, the term "transference" is used to denote this relationship.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
Rosamund gave a quiet smile—a smile which seemed to denote power.A Modern Tomboy
L. T. Meade
The upper will denote the summer and the lower the winter portion.Ten Books on Architecture
- to be a sign, symbol, or symptom of; indicate or designate
- (of words, phrases, expressions, etc) to have as a literal or obvious meaning
Word Origin and History for denote
1590s, from Middle French dénoter (14c.), from Latin denotare "denote, mark out," from de- "completely" + notare "to mark" (see note (v.)). Related: Denoted; denoting.