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de·note / diˈnōt/ • v. [tr.] be a sign of; indicate: this mark denotes purity and quality. ∎  (often be denoted) stand as a name or symbol for: the level of output per firm, denoted by X. DERIVATIVES: de·no·ta·tive / ˈdēnōˌtātiv; diˈnōtətiv/ adj.

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denote mark out, distinguish by a sign; indicate, signify XVII. — (O)F. dénoter or L. dēnotāre; see DE- 3, NOTE.
So denotation XVI.

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