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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 denoting
  • The value of a college degree as a signaling device denoting a high probability of vocational success has declined.
  • Yellow spots on the body denoting the infection of the plague.
  • Apothecaries' profit is become a bye-word, denoting something uncommonly extravagant.
  • Within polygynous societies, multiple wives often become a status symbol denoting wealth and power.
  • It's not an isolated instance denoting one bad decision, it's the latest in a string of bad decisions made with full awareness.
  • Portmanteau term denoting agreement tempered by a contrary view.
  • It may be that they were no more than straightforward markers denoting boundaries, routes, or burials.
  • The file is a comma-delimited text file that begins with a header record denoting the field names.
  • The lower right segment shows farm animals denoting agriculture.
  • Two parallel solid white lines denoting crosswalks are shown on each side of the intersection on each roadway.
British Dictionary definitions for denoting


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
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Word Origin and History for denoting



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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