Definition of denote verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    denote

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//dɪˈnoʊt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they denote
     
    he / she / it denotes
     
    past simple denoted
     
    -ing form denoting
     
     
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  1. 1denote something denote that… to be a sign of something synonym indicate A very high temperature often denotes a serious illness.
  2. 2 denote something denote what, when, etc… to mean something synonym represent In this example “X” denotes the time taken and “Y” denotes the distance covered. The red sign denotes danger. Here “family” denotes mother, father, and children. compare connote
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: denote