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connote

[kuh-noht] /kəˈnoʊt/
verb (used with object), connoted, connoting.
1.
to signify or suggest (certain meanings, ideas, etc.) in addition to the explicit or primary meaning:
The word “fireplace” often connotes hospitality, warm comfort, etc.
2.
to involve as a condition or accompaniment:
Injury connotes pain.
verb (used without object), connoted, connoting.
3.
to have significance only by association, as with another word:
Adjectives can only connote, nouns can denote.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Medieval Latin connotāre, equivalent to Latin con- con- + notāre to note
Can be confused
connote, denote.
Synonyms
1. intimate, imply.
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British Dictionary definitions for con note

connote

/kɒˈnəʊt/
verb (transitive; often takes a clause as object)
1.
(of a word, phrase, etc) to imply or suggest (associations or ideas) other than the literal meaning: the word "maiden" connotes modesty
2.
to involve as a consequence or condition
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin connotāre, from notāre to mark, make a note, from nota mark, sign, note
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Word Origin and History for con note

connote

v.

1660s, from Medieval Latin connotare "to mark along with," (see connotation). A common word in medieval logic. Related: Connoted; connoting.

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