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[kuh-noht] /kəˈnoʊt/
verb (used with object), connoted, connoting.
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.
to involve as a condition or accompaniment:
Injury connotes pain.
verb (used without object), connoted, connoting.
to have significance only by association, as with another word:
Adjectives can only connote, nouns can denote.
Origin of connote
1645-55; < Medieval Latin connotāre, equivalent to Latin con- con- + notāre to note
Can be confused
connote, denote.
1. intimate, imply. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for connote
  • It was felt to connote flash and ostentation rather than style and elegance.
  • To me, they do not merely connote gender, but patriarchy.
  • Let me remind you that words such as mistake connote negativity in human language.
  • For others, the word may connote decentralization and anonymity and engagement in an empty branding effort.
  • Risk, and all that it should connote to investors, is back in the language now.
  • It may connote flamboyance or penance, farewell or good riddance.
  • Through their sound, some jazz players connote more than what is on the surface.
  • To such as these, the words etiquette and politeness connote weakness and timidity.
  • Suddenly, the good tailoring doesn't seem to connote so much honor.
  • It can connote vitriol, yes, but it can also connote camaraderie.
British Dictionary definitions for connote


verb (transitive; often takes a clause as object)
(of a word, phrase, etc) to imply or suggest (associations or ideas) other than the literal meaning: the word "maiden" connotes modesty
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 connote

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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