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 ; designatedenotement noun

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