[ kuh-noht ]
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verb (used with object),con·not·ed, con·not·ing.
  1. 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.

  2. to involve as a condition or accompaniment:Injury connotes pain.

verb (used without object),con·not·ed, con·not·ing.
  1. to have significance only by association, as with another word: Adjectives can only connote, nouns can denote.

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Origin of connote

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

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British Dictionary definitions for connote


/ (kɒˈnəʊt) /

verb(tr; often takes a clause as object)
  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

Origin of connote

C17: from Medieval Latin connotāre, from notāre to mark, make a note, from nota mark, sign, note

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