denote

[dih-noht]
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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.

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

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Contemporary Examples of denoting

  • He distinguished them from other bureau files by calling them “confidential,” denoting secrecy.

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British Dictionary definitions for denoting

denote

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
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 denoting

denote

v.

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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