[ dih-noht ]
/ dɪˈnoʊt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. denominative,
  2. denominator,
  3. denotate,
  4. denotation,
  5. denotative,
  6. denotive,
  7. denouement,
  8. denounce,
  9. denpasar,
  10. dens

Origin of denote

1585–95; < Middle French dénoter, Latin dēnotāre to mark out, equivalent to dē- de- + notāre to mark; see note

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

Can be confusedconnote denote Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 Formsdenotable, adjectivedenotement, noun

Word Origin for denote

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

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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.

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