denote

verb
de·​note | \ di-ˈnōt How to pronounce denote (audio) , dē-\
denoted; denoting; denotes

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
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

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Other Words from denote

denotement \ di-​ˈnōt-​mənt How to pronounce denotement (audio) , dē-​ \ 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.

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Each denotes a different level of protection from trade. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "What is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species?," 3 July 2019 Hulot’s appearance denotes the soul of the man within: the eccentric striped socks, brown suede shoes, trousers too short, a pipe as iconic as Inspector Maigret’s. Peter Cowie, WSJ, "Hilariously Stuck Between Modernity and the Past," 27 Apr. 2018 Hillbilly Ball denotes not pregame meals of squirrel stew chased with moonshine but a fast brand of basketball, played by the Marshall University Thundering Herd of coach Dan D’Antoni. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Marshall's D'Antoni brings "Hillbilly Ball" to San Diego," 15 Mar. 2018 Details, such as how to define the adjectives and how to pay for what the nouns denote, were for another day. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: Bernie Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo," 23 June 2019 Details, such as how to define the adjectives and how to pay for what the nouns denote, were for another day. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Bernie Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo," 23 June 2019 Details, such as how to define the adjectives and how to pay for what the nouns denote, were for another day. George Will, National Review, "Bernie Sanders Is FDR’s Unimaginative Echo," 23 June 2019 Something in the Water Companies denote product ruggedness using an IP rating. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Phone Isn’t Actually Waterproof—But These Other Devices Are," 23 June 2019 The presentation denoted that divers were deployed to barrage the ships using limpet mines to cause impairment, without a mass explosion. Fox News, "UAE accuses 'state actor' for tanker attacks, but stops just short of Iran," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of denote

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for denote

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

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denote

verb

English Language Learners Definition of denote

formal
of a word : to have (something) as a meaning : to mean (something)
: to show, mark, or be a sign of (something)

denote

verb
de·​note | \ di-ˈnōt How to pronounce denote (audio) \
denoted; denoting

Kids Definition of denote

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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