V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to mean; 2. to designate or refer to; 3. to serve as a sign for

Synonyms: mean, signify, betoken, indicate, designate, express, imply, mark, show, typify, represent


Tips: The three meanings of denote are closely related, and the distinctions between them are subtle. The general sense of each meaning is that something stands for something else. In its loosest sense, denote refers to meaning, such as linguistic meaning. In this sense, use the word denotes as a more sophisticated way of saying "means" or "defines." In the second sense, something stands for something else: a symbol denotes a mathematical concept. In the third sense, something signals something else: heavy clouds denote an impending storm. See connote for a lesson on the difference between connote and denote.

Usage Examples:

The warm breeze denotes the coming of spring. (signifies, indicates)

Flares on the road denote danger ahead. (mean, indicate)

The words adroit, adept, and deft all denote "skilled." (mean, define)

The tension in her voice during our conversation denoted to me that she was nervous about confronting me. (indicated, implied)

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