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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Others with ** denote data partnerships that the company will continue without allowing the outside company access to friends’ data. 1. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Facebook details data sharing agreements with Amazon, Qualcomm, and AT&T among others," 2 July 2018 The revealing coefficient, denoted by R, is defined as 1 − 1/X : A strategy that reveals little about the exact locations of the fake coins corresponds to a higher number of new possibilities. Nicholas Diaco, Scientific American, "Privacy and Counterfeit Coins," 20 Mar. 2018 To many Westerners, the Caucasus, denoting both a mountain range and the constellation of ex-Soviet territories that spans it, still seems shrouded in enigma. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "Trekking Through a Mysterious, Mesmerizing Old World," 2 May 2019 But the rebels wore green to differentiate themselves from the British, who clothed themselves in red, and the color has since come to denote Ireland and the Irish to all the world. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's the Real History of St Patrick's Day," 15 Mar. 2019 In 2018 those thresholds also denoted where the new tax deduction for pass-through business income begins phasing out for some businesses. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Trump Tax Cut to Be Eroded Next Year by Inflation Switch," 15 Nov. 2018 Rectangular marks on the mosaic may denote where couches were placed. James Rogers, Fox News, "Exquisite ancient mosaic uncovered in Israel," 31 July 2018 Any hint of style or glamour denoted bourgeois aspirations, which were loudly denounced in a society focused on industrialization and agriculture. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 Readings above 50 indicate expansion whereas readings below that level denote contraction. ... Harriet Torry, WSJ, "U.S. Factory-Sector Growth Accelerated in January," 1 Feb. 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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