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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.
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 connotes
  • 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.
  • But the dance connotes a debonair flamboyance, a certain rakish style.
  • Even the standard medical explanation connotes loss.
  • The word connotes a diabolically clever move or combination that turns the tables on the opponent.
  • White connotes purity and cleanliness, simplicity and elegance.
  • It was a case of answered prayers, with all that bittersweet phrase connotes.
  • Environmentally, it connotes sustainable winegrowing, a major program the industry promotes vigorously.
British Dictionary definitions for connotes


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 connotes



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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