Definition of denote in English:

denote

Line breaks: de¦note
Pronunciation: /dɪˈnəʊt
 
/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

denotative

Pronunciation: /-tətɪv/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Provocations include not only the lack of grammar, but highly disjunctive and often obscure use of line breaks which abandon denotative and connotative functions of words in favour of half swallowed or choked sounds.
  • Stories are never just arguments; they work most effectively by being neither didactic nor definitive: they attract and hold our attention because they are connotative not denotative.
  • A focus on language, connotative and denotative meaning, is especially important in the cultural adaptation process.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'be a sign of, mark out'): from French dénoter or Latin denotare, from de- 'away, thoroughly' + notare 'observe, note' (from nota 'a mark').

Usage

For an explanation of the difference between denote and connote, see connote (usage).

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