Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To mark; indicate: a frown that denoted increasing impatience.
  • transitive v. To serve as a symbol or name for the meaning of; signify: A flashing yellow light denotes caution.
  • transitive v. To signify directly; refer to specifically.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To indicate; to mark.
  • v. To make overt.
  • v. To refer to literally; to convey meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To mark out plainly; to signify by a visible sign; to serve as the sign or name of; to indicate; to point out.
  • transitive v. To be the sign of; to betoken; to signify; to mean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark off from others; identify by a mark; designate; name; signify by a sign, especially a visible sign: as, the character × denotes multiplication. See connote.
  • To be the sign or symptom of; show; indicate: as, a quick pulse denotes fever.
  • Synonyms Note, Denote, Connote. See the definitions of these words.
  • To betoken, imply.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be a sign or indication of
  • v. have as a meaning
  • v. make known; make an announcement

Etymologies

French dénoter, from Latin dēnotāre : dē-, de- + notāre, to mark; see connote.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French denoter, from Latin denotare; de- "complete" and notare "to mark (out)" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In its present application, particularly, there is no design to let the term denote or insinuate a recourse to any expedients or any line of conduct that is in any degree legally dubious, or that is even of questionable legitimacy.

    An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation

  • Here the terms used in Arabic denote, not the end of hostilities, but an armistice or truce, until such time that the war against Israel can be resumed with better prospects for success.

    On the Jewish Question

  • This led to the conception of an imponderable agency capable of certain movements, and to denote this agency the Greek word ether was borrowed.

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  • Judah and Benjamin -- denote the southern kingdom.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Thus, the terms denote that a beneficial result has been conferred on a vertebrate subject with an autoimmune or pathogen-induced immunopathology disease or symptom, or with the potential to develop such a disease or symptom.

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  • By which it should seem that this order was not otherwise hereditary than a man's estate, nor did it give any claim to magistracy; wherefore you shall never find that it disquieted the commonwealth, nor does the name denote any more in Oceana than the duty of such a man's estate to the public.

    The Commonwealth of Oceana

  • • The word “sex” is simply that—a word to denote whether a person is male or female.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms

  • Those terms denote "membership in an organization of the Department of the Navy that develops and executes military missions involving special operations strategy, doctrine, and tactics," the Navy said in its filings.

    Walt Disney Surrenders to Navy's SEAL Team 6

  • Some use the word to denote a set of religious beliefs.

    Eliot Daley: My Memo To Atheists: Why I Choose God

  • But we haven't yet agreed on a word to denote what the human species is doing now: killing great ecosystems like the world's oceans, destroying the stable climate system upon which agriculture itself depends or driving more than half the species on Earth to extinction.

    John Stanley: Buddhism And The Fate Of The Species

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