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

denotable, adjective
denotement, noun
undenotable, adjective
undenoted, adjective

connote, denote.

1. mark, signal, signify, evidence. Unabridged
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denote (dɪˈnəʊt)
1.  to be a sign, symbol, or symptom of; indicate or designate
2.  (of words, phrases, expressions, etc) to have as a literal or obvious meaning
[C16: from Latin dēnotāre to mark, from notāre to mark, note]

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Word Origin & History

1590s, from M.Fr. denoter, from L. denotare "denote, mark out," from de- "completely" + notare "to mark."
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Example sentences
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.
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