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 denoted

Historical Examples of denoted

  • "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)

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 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.

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