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Princeton's WordNet

  1. denoteverb

    be a sign or indication of

    "Her smile denoted that she agreed"

  2. denote, referverb

    have as a meaning

    "`multi-' denotes `many' "

  3. announce, denoteverb

    make known; make an announcement

    "She denoted her feelings clearly"


  1. denoteverb

    To indicate; to mark.

    The yellow blazes denote the trail.

  2. denoteverb

    To make overt.

    The tears denoted her true feelings.

  3. denoteverb

    To refer to literally; to convey meaning.

    "Pre-" denotes "before."

  4. Etymology: From denoter, from denotare; de- "complete" and notare "to mark (out)"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DENOTEverb

    To mark; to be a sign of; to betoken; to shew by signs; as, a quick pulse denotes a fever.

    Etymology: denoto, Latin.


  1. denote

    In linguistics and philosophy, the denotation of an expression is its literal meaning. For instance, the English word "warm" denotes the property of being warm. Denotation is contrasted with other aspects of meaning including connotation. For instance, the word "warm" may evoke calmness or cosiness, but these associations are not part of the word's denotation. Similarly, an expression's denotation is separate from pragmatic inferences it may trigger. For instance, describing something as "warm" often implicates that it is not hot, but this is once again not part of the word's denotation. Denotation plays a major role in several fields. Within philosophy of language, denotation is studied as an important aspect of meaning. In mathematics and computer science, assignments of denotations are assigned to expressions are a crucial step in defining interpreted formal languages. The main task of formal semantics is to reverse engineer the computational system which assigns denotations to expressions of natural languages.


  1. denote

    To denote means to be a sign or symbol of something, to represent or to indicate. It can also mean to name or label something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Denoteverb

    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

  2. Denoteverb

    to be the sign of; to betoken; to signify; to mean

  3. Etymology: [L. denotare; de- + notare to mark, nota mark, sign, note: cf. F. dnoter. See Note.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Denote

    dē-nōt′, v.t. to note or mark off: to indicate by a sign: to signify or mean: (log.) to indicate the objects comprehended in a class.—adj. Denō′table.—n. Denotā′tion, that which a word names or indicates, in contradistinction to that which it connotes or signifies.—adj. Denō′tative.—adv. Denō′tatively.—n. Denōte′ment (Shak.), a sign or indication. [Fr.,—L. denotāre, -ātumde, inten., and notāre, to mark—nota, a mark or sign.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of denote in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of denote in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of denote in a Sentence

  1. Minna Thomas Antrim:

    Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice.

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  • دلArabic
  • издавам, показвам, означавамBulgarian
  • offenbaren, offenlegen, kennzeichnen, bedeuten, preisgeben, aufdecken, markierenGerman
  • denotar, marcar, revelar, señalar, significarSpanish
  • فاش کردن, نشان دادنPersian
  • paljastaa, tarkoittaa, merkitä, ilmaista, osoittaaFinnish
  • dénoterFrench
  • indicare, significare, rivelareItalian
  • betekenen, aanduiden, aangevenDutch
  • angiNorwegian
  • указывать, означать, отличать, отмечать, обозначать, символизировать, показывать, свидетельствовать, значить, различатьRussian
  • குறிக்கTamil
  • gTurkish
  • chứng tỏVietnamese
  • 表示Chinese

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