[ kuh-noht ]
/ kəˈnoʊt /

verb (used with object), con·not·ed, con·not·ing.

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), con·not·ed, con·not·ing.

to have significance only by association, as with another word: Adjectives can only connote, nouns can denote.

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)

(of a word, phrase, etc) to imply or suggest (associations or ideas) other than the literal meaningthe word "maiden" connotes modesty
to involve as a consequence or condition

Word Origin for connote

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