To denote is to draw attention to something or to show what it means. All of the googly-eyed looks that a girl gives to a boy might do more to denote her feelings for him than leaving a note in his locker.

Denote comes from the Latin root dēnotāre, "to mark out." Using a particular facial expression can denote meaning, as in, "All of the crinkled foreheads and squinted eyebrows denoted a lack of understanding among the math students." Words and symbols also point to, or denote, meaning, "If he had used PST to denote the fact that he was in the Pacific time zone, she would have known that it was only 4:00 a.m. and too early to call from New York."

Definitions of denote

v have as a meaning

“`multi-' denotes `many'”
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convolute, pervert, sophisticate, twist, twist around
practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
euphemise, euphemize
refer to something with a euphemism
come back, hark back, recall, return
go back to something earlier
identify, name
give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
refer (a word or name) to a person or thing
speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur
express, state
indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
enumerate, itemise, itemize, recite
specify individually
list, number
go back, recur
return in thought or speech to something
give the names of
express a choice or opinion
express one's choice or preference by vote
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intend, mean, signify, stand for
denote or connote

v be a sign or indication of

“Her smile denoted that she agreed”
have as a meaning
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denominate, designate
assign a name or title to

v make known; make an announcement

“She denoted her feelings clearly”
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announce the termination of, as of treaties
announce for a score; of cards in a card game
announce one's presence
announce as the result of an investigation or experience or finding
blazon out, cry
proclaim or announce in public
trump, trump out
proclaim or announce with or as if with a fanfare
blare out, blat out
announce loudly
call out
call out loudly, as of names or numbers
advertise, advertize, publicise, publicize
call attention to
publicize with, or as if with, a poster
announce by means of a sound
check in, sign in
announce one's arrival, e.g. at hotels or airports
check out
announce one's departure from a hotel
clock off, clock out, punch out
register one's departure from work
count off
call in turn from right to left or from back to front numbers that determine some position or function
publicize widely or highly, as if with a headline
advertize noisily or blatantly
bill, placard
publicize or announce by placards
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impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to