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 capb : 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.
Recent Examples of denote from the Web
Common human behaviors that denote friendliness, such as smiling and making eye contact, are dangerous gestures that can provoke a monkey.
ABC/R * Denotes if necessary Check out The Crossover's home page for more 2017 NBA Finals coverage.
The name Athlon is also a Greek root in the word decathlon meaning contest and is meant to denote strength, power, and speed, AMD said.
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Origin and Etymology of denote
Middle French denoter, from Latin denotare, from de- + notare to note
First Known Use: 1562
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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)
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