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Denote definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DENOTE, v.t. [L. To note or mark.]
1. To mark; to signify by a visible sign; to indicate; to express. The character X denotes multiplication.
2. To show; to betoken; to indicate; as, a quick pulse denotes fever.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: be a sign or indication of; "Her smile denoted that she agreed"
2: have as a meaning; "`multi-' denotes `many' " [syn: denote, refer]
3: make known; make an announcement; "She denoted her feelings clearly" [syn: announce, denote]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Etymology: Middle French denoter, from Latin denotare, from de- + notare to note Date: 1562 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> 4. a. to serve as a linguistic expression of the notion of ; mean b. to stand for ; designate denotement noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 be a sign of; indicate (the arrow denotes direction). 2 (usu. foll. by that + clause) mean, convey. 3 stand as a name for; signify. Derivatives: denotation n. denotative adj. Etymology: F dénoter or f. L denotare (as DE-, notare mark f. nota NOTE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Denote De*note", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Denoted; p. pr. & vb. n. Denoting.] [L. denotare; de- + notare to mark, nota mark, sign, note: cf. F. d['e]noter. See Note.] 1. To mark out plainly; to signify by a visible sign; to serve as the sign or name of; to indicate; to point out; as, the hands of the clock denote the hour. The better to denote her to the doctor. --Shak. 2. To be the sign of; to betoken; to signify; to mean. A general expression to denote wickedness of every sort. --Gilpin.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(denotes, denoting, denoted) 1. If one thing denotes another, it is a sign or indication of it. (FORMAL) Red eyes denote strain and fatigue... There was a message waiting, denoting that someone had been here ahead of her. = indicate VERB: V n, V that 2. What a symbol denotes is what it represents. (FORMAL) In figure 24 'D' denotes quantity demanded and 'S' denotes quantity supplied. = represent VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Signify, mean, imply, betoken, indicate, typify, note, mark, designate, point out.

Moby Thesaurus

add up to, advert to, allude to, announce, approve, argue, attest, be construed as, be indicative of, be significant of, be symptomatic of, be taken as, bespeak, betoken, breathe, characterize, connote, demonstrate, denominate, designate, differentiate, disclose, display, distinguish, emblematize, entail, evidence, evince, exhibit, express, figure, finger, furnish evidence, give evidence, give indication of, give token, go to show, highlight, hint, identify, illustrate, imply, import, indicate, insinuate, intend, involve, manifest, mark, mean, name, note, pick out, point at, point out, point to, prove, refer to, represent, reveal, select, set forth, show, show signs of, signalize, signify, speak for itself, speak volumes, specify, spell, stand for, stigmatize, suggest, symbol, symbolize, symptomatize, symptomize, tell, tend to show, testify, typify


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