- 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.
Origin of connote
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1. intimate, imply.
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Examples from the Web for connote
To mention an industry is almost always to connote some one of the six.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
Rather these words should connote the strong, the self-reliant, the youthful.Journeys to Bagdad
Charles S. Brooks
But this does not connote the absence of love and respect for the master.Spontaneous Activity in Education
It may connote, however, some of the most essential virtues that a race can possess.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
The sense of possession which they connote was gone from his heart.The Pursuit of God
A. W. Tozer
- (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
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 connote
1660s, from Medieval Latin connotare "to mark along with," (see connotation). A common word in medieval logic. Related: Connoted; connoting.
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