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Definition of "denote" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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