denote

verb de·note \ di-ˈnōt , dē- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of denote

transitive verb
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
4 a :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

denotement

play \-ˈnōt-mənt\ noun

Examples of denote in a Sentence

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

  2. Her death denoted the end of an era.

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Origin and Etymology of denote

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


DENOTE Defined for English Language Learners

denote

verb

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

denote

verb de·note \ di-ˈnōt \

Definition of denote for Students

denoted; denoting
1 :to serve as a mark or indication of
  • A star on the map denotes a capital.
2 :to have the meaning of :mean
  • "Derby" denotes a contest or a hat.


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