- 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
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Examples from the Web for denoting
He distinguished them from other bureau files by calling them “confidential,” denoting secrecy.Hoover’s Secret Files
August 2, 2011
Also denoting purpose: for rstafum, to the assistance, 382, 458.Beowulf
"Still the same," said Louis, in a loud voice, denoting satisfaction.The Man in the Iron Mask
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
It is also the regular plural of words ending in or denoting an agent.A Handbook of the Cornish Language
Enough is relative, denoting a supply equal to a given demand.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
The officer appointed to attend us wore a light blue button in his cap, denoting the 4th degree of rank.
- to be a sign, symbol, or symptom of; indicate or designate
- (of words, phrases, expressions, etc) to have as a literal or obvious meaning
Word Origin and History for denoting
1590s, from Middle French dénoter (14c.), from Latin denotare "denote, mark out," from de- "completely" + notare "to mark" (see note (v.)). Related: Denoted; denoting.