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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
Historical Examples
  • The only names of objects which connote nothing are proper names; and these have, strictly speaking, no signification.

  • To mention an industry is almost always to connote some one of the six.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • But neither of these compromises seems necessary to connote the position of Professor Haeckel.

    Life and Matter Oliver Lodge
  • Rather these words should connote the strong, the self-reliant, the youthful.

    Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
  • A relation of which the terms are unspecified does not connote a thought but merely the blank form of a thought.

    Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson
  • But this does not connote the absence of love and respect for the master.

  • Sometimes the masks have special characteristics to connote the racial peculiarities of those who wear them.

  • It may connote, however, some of the most essential virtues that a race can possess.

  • And it must connote something besides, otherwise it would include the whole genus.

  • They are not habitations, which connote life; they are repositories, which connote desuetude.

    This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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