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.

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

Synonyms for denote Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for denote

Contemporary Examples of denote

Historical Examples of denote

  • Matthew had turned over his cup to denote that his meal was finished.

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for denote


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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