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.

1645–55; < Medieval Latin connotāre, equivalent to Latin con- con- + notāre to note

connote, denote.

1. intimate, imply. Unabridged
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connote (kɒˈnəʊt)
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
[C17: from Medieval Latin connotāre, from notāre to mark, make a note, from nota mark, sign, note]

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Word Origin & History

1660s, from M.L. connotare "to mark along with," from con- "with" + notare "to mark" (see note). A common word in medieval logic.
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Example sentences
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
For others, the word may connote decentralization and anonymity and engagement
  in an empty branding effort.
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