• synonyms


See more synonyms for denote on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), de·not·ed, de·not·ing.
  1. to be a mark or sign of; indicate: A fever often denotes an infection.
  2. to be a name or designation for; mean.
  3. to represent by a symbol; stand as a symbol for.
Show More

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


See more synonyms for denote on Thesaurus.com
1. mark, signal, signify, evidence.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for denoted

Historical Examples

  • "My niece has chosen to remain with him," she added, in a tone which denoted dissatisfaction.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • In this genealogy, males are denoted by capitals, and females by small letters.

    A Tangled Tale

    Lewis Carroll

  • Her cap, and her presence in that room, denoted that Mabel was company.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall

  • In these cases the reading of the quartos, if unanimous, is denoted by "Qq."

  • Rosarito was trembling, and every thing about her denoted the keenest anxiety.

    Dona Perfecta

    B. Perez Galdos

British Dictionary definitions for denoted


verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
  1. to be a sign, symbol, or symptom of; indicate or designate
  2. (of words, phrases, expressions, etc) to have as a literal or obvious meaning
Show More
Derived Formsdenotable, adjectivedenotement, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin dēnotāre to mark, from notāre to mark, note
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for denoted



1590s, from Middle French dénoter (14c.), from Latin denotare "denote, mark out," from de- "completely" + notare "to mark" (see note (v.)). Related: Denoted; denoting.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper