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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.
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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
Can be confusedconnote denote

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Related Words for connote

signify, spell, intend, intimate, suggest, express, designate, betoken, evidence, involve, indicate, insinuate, import, denote, mean

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Historical Examples of 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.

  • It may connote, however, some of the most essential virtues that a race can possess.

  • The sense of possession which they connote was gone from his heart.

British Dictionary definitions for connote


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 meaningthe word "maiden" connotes modesty
  2. to involve as a consequence or condition
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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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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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