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[dih-noht] /dɪˈnoʊt/
verb (used with object), denoted, denoting.
to be a mark or sign of; indicate:
A fever often denotes an infection.
to be a name or designation for; mean.
to represent by a symbol; stand as a symbol for.
1585-95; < Middle French dénoter, Latin dēnotāre to mark out, equivalent to dē- de- + notāre to mark; see note
Related forms
denotable, adjective
denotement, noun
undenotable, adjective
undenoted, adjective
Can be confused
connote, denote.
1. mark, signal, signify, evidence. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for denotes
  • It now denotes a maker or restorer of stringed instruments in general and of bowed string instruments in particular.
  • Each keystroke he makes denotes a feature in the outside world that is added to the map displayed on the screen.
  • Psi, or the paranormal, denotes anomalous psychological effects that are currently unexplained by normal causes.
  • When notes are stacked, that denotes a chord-where you play all the notes at once.
  • Walking in a ceremony denotes nothing other than the fact that one paid the graduation fees and showed up.
  • It denotes a technical object that is immediately at hand, yet too complicated to summarize with some better, time-tested noun.
  • Undertaker commonly denotes one who manages funerals.
  • The word ace denotes singularity, the number one, he who stands alone at the top.
  • Your new invaluable publication denotes much to me and somewhat more to my peers.
  • Your own valuable instruction denotes this much to me and further more to my colleagues.
British Dictionary definitions for denotes


verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
to be a sign, symbol, or symptom of; indicate or designate
(of words, phrases, expressions, etc) to have as a literal or obvious meaning
Derived Forms
denotable, adjective
denotement, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēnotāre to mark, from notāre to mark, note
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for denotes



1590s, from Middle French dénoter (14c.), from Latin denotare "denote, mark out," from de- "completely" + notare "to mark" (see note (v.)). Related: Denoted; denoting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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