denote


denote
denote 1 signify, *mean, import
Analogous words: betoken, bespeak, *indicate, attest, argue, prove: *intend, mean: *suggest, imply, hint, intimate, insinuate
2 Denote, connote and their corresponding nouns denotation, connotation are complementary rather than synonymous. Taken together, the verbs as used in reference to terms equal mean (see MEAN vb 2).
Taken singly, a term denotes or has as its denotation whatever is expressed in its definition: in a noun the thing or the definable class of things or ideas which it names, in a verb the act or state which is affirmed.
A term connotes or has as its connotation the ideas or emotions that are added to it and cling to it, often as a result of experience but sometimes as a result of something extraneous (as a poet's effective use of the term, or its constant association with another term or idea, or a connection between it and some historical event); thus, "home" denotes the place where one lives with one's family, but it connotes comforts, intimacy, and privacy. What a term denotes (or the denotation of a term) can be definitely fixed; what a term connotes (or its connotation)often depends upon the experience or background of the person using it
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I have used the term "post-war poets" to denote those who did not begin to write verse till after the war— Day Lewis

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there is no word that has more sinister and terrible connotations in our snobbish society than the word promiscuityShaw

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In logic denote and connote, though still complementary and still predicated of terms, carry very different implications. They are dependent on two highly technical terms, both collective nouns, denotation and connotation.
A term denotes (or bears as denotation) the entire number of things or instances covered by it; thus, "plant" denotes the aggregate of all things that come under the definition of that word; the denotation of "plant" is far more inclusive than the denotation of "shrub."
A term connotes (or bears as connotation[/c) the sum total of the qualities or characteristics that are implied by it and are necessarily or commonly associated with it; thus, "plant" connotes (or bears as connotation) life, growth and decay, lack of power of locomotion, and, commonly, roots and cellular structure invested with a cellulose wall.

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  • Denote — De*note , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Denoted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Denoting}.] [L. denotare; de + notare to mark, nota mark, sign, note: cf. F. d[ e]noter. See {Note}.] 1. To mark out plainly; to signify by a visible sign; to serve as the sign or name of; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • denote — [dē nōt′, dinōt′] vt. denoted, denoting [Fr dénoter < MFr < L denotare, to mark out, denote < de , down + notare, to mark < nota, NOTE] 1. to be a sign of; indicate [dark clouds denote rain] 2. to signify or refer to explicitly; stand …   English World dictionary

  • dénoté — ⇒DÉNOTÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de dénoter. II. Adj., spéc. A. LOG. Qui se réfère à l extension d un concept. Quelle que soit la manière dont elle « coiffe » le message dénoté, la connotation ne l épuise pas (R. BARTHES, Éléments… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • denote — 1590s, from M.Fr. dénoter (14c.), from L. denotare denote, mark out, from de completely + notare to mark (see NOTE (Cf. note) (v.)). Related: Denoted; denoting …   Etymology dictionary

  • denote — ► VERB 1) be a sign of; indicate. 2) be a name or symbol for. DERIVATIVES denotation noun denotational adjective denotative adjective. USAGE On the difference between denote and connote …   English terms dictionary

  • denote — I verb be a name for, be a sign of, be an indication of, bespeak, betoken, convey a meaning, denominate, denotate, depict, depicture, designare, designate, express, imply, indicare, indicate, label, mark, mean, note, point out, portray, refer to …   Law dictionary

  • dénoté — dénoté, ée (dé no té, tée) part. passé. Les dispositions de l âme dénotées par signes extérieurs …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • denote — [v] designate, mean add up, announce, argue, bespeak, betoken, connote, evidence, express, finger, flash, hang sign on*, imply, import, indicate, insinuate, intend, make, mark, peg, prove, put down for, put finger on*, show, signify, spell, stand …   New thesaurus

  • denoté — Denoté, [denot]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • denote — 01. According to my book on palm reading, fingers which are short and blunt in appearance [denote] a stubborn character. 02. Each black dot which appears on the website s world map [denotes] the death of a child due to starvation. 03. Very fancy… …   Grammatical examples in English