Definition of denote
1 : to serve as an indication of : betoken <the swollen bellies that denote starvation>
2 : to serve as an arbitrary mark for <red flares denoting danger>
3 : to make known : announce <his crestfallen look denoted his distress>
4a : to serve as a linguistic expression of the notion of : mean <in the southern U.S., the word “toboggan” denotes a stocking cap>b : to stand for : designate <the symbol / denotes “or,” “and or,” or “per”> <An epiphany is, literally, a showing. In Christian terminology it denotes the showing of the infant Jesus to the three Magi. — David Lodge>
denotementplay \-ˈnōt-mənt\ noun
Examples of denote in a sentence
The word “derby” can denote a horse race or a kind of hat.
Her death denoted the end of an era.
Origin and Etymology of denote
Medieval French denoter, from Latin denotare, from de- + notare to note
First Known Use: 1562
DENOTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of denote for English Language Learners
of a word : to have (something) as a meaning : to mean (something)
: to show, mark, or be a sign of (something)
DENOTE Defined for Kids
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