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2 mean, name, symbolize, represent, betoken:
The word mother denotes 'female parent', but its connotations are far more extensive.
Advanced English Dictionary
+verb (formal) 1 to be a sign of sth Synonym: INDICATE [VN] A very high temperature often denotes a serious illness. [also V that] 2 to mean sth Synonym: REPRESENT [VN] In this example 'X' denotes the time taken and 'Y' denotes the distance covered. + The red triangle denotes danger. + Here 'family' denotes mother, father and children. [also V wh-] Compare: CONNOTE
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