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
The slang use of iced connotes bejeweled or monolithic gestures.
It connotes a blind search through data, an effort that tends to confuse real
  patterns with mere coincidences.
We conclude, therefore, that it connotes a personal relation as well as the
  notion of singularity.
Intrigue connotes a curiosity over a player about which there is still more
  mystery than available data.
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