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.
to have significance only by association, as with another word: Adjectives can only connote, nouns can denote.
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- connote , denote
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How to use connote in a sentence
A 14-person design team from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art created Bing Dwen Dwen, a moniker that connotes purity, strength, and liveliness.The Beijing Winter Olympics mascot evokes China’s long history of “panda diplomacy” | Anne Quito | February 4, 2022 | Quartz
Unlike its quotidian cousin the sphere, the orb connotes magic, reverence in flavors incompatible with the December 2021 internet.Why Are Orbs Flooding Your Timeline? Blame the Meme Recession | Kelly Weill | December 8, 2021 | The Daily Beast
The word “resort” connotes luxury, and many claim to provide luxury sustainably.
In everyday language, the word “transcendental” connotes something that’s beyond the ordinary, something that is hidden and mysterious, with almost magical or mystical powers.Where Transcendental Numbers Hide in Everyday Math | Pradeep Mutalik | October 27, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
If “immunity” connotes complete protection, then no vaccine actually provides it.Vaccine skeptics claim a new CDC gotcha moment — but they haven’t got much | Aaron Blake | September 9, 2021 | Washington Post
“Designer brands connote wealth and a certain class that these people want to be part of,” he says.
Who or what “the dear bond” was is not explained, but we may connote the kindred surnames Goodbon, Goodbun, and Goodband.Archaic England | Harold Bayley
But ileuede is not used elsewhere in L, and would connote decrepitude.
It is conceivable that two men may connote quite different things by the word symbol.Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross
The using a name to connote attributes, turns the things, whether real or imaginary, into a class.Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic | William Stebbing
Likewise wealth and capital connote special social relations or categories.Socialism | John Spargo
British Dictionary definitions for connote
(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
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