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denote

[ dih-noht ]
/ dɪˈnoʊt /
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verb (used with object), de·not·ed, de·not·ing.
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.

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Origin of denote

First recorded in 1585–95; from Middle French dénoter, Latin dēnotāre “to mark out,” equivalent to dē- de- + notāre “to mark”; see note

OTHER WORDS FROM denote

de·not·a·ble, adjectivede·note·ment, nounun·de·not·a·ble, adjectiveun·de·not·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH denote

connote, denote
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British Dictionary definitions for denote

denote
/ (dɪˈnəʊt) /

verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
to be a sign, symbol, or symptom of; indicate or designate
(of words, phrases, expressions, etc) to have as a literal or obvious meaning

Derived forms of denote

denotable, adjectivedenotement, noun

Word Origin for denote

C16: from Latin dēnotāre to mark, from notāre to mark, note
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