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denote

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verb de·note \di-ˈnōt, dē-\

Simple Definition of denote

  • of a word : to have (something) as a meaning : to mean (something)

  • : to show, mark, or be a sign of (something)

Full Definition of denote

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to serve as an indication of :  betoken <the swollen bellies that denote starvation>

  3. 2 :  to serve as an arbitrary mark for <red flares denoting danger>

  4. 3 :  to make known :  announce <his crestfallen look denoted his distress>

  5. 4 a :  to serve as a linguistic expression of the notion of :  mean b :  to stand for :  designate

de·note·ment play \-ˈnōt-mənt\ noun

Examples of denote

  1. The word derby can denote a horse race or a kind of hat.

  2. Her death denoted the end of an era.



Origin of denote

Middle French denoter, from Latin denotare, from de- + notare to note


First Known Use: 1562



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