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/ kəˈnoʊt /
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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.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH connoteconnote , denote
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How to use connote in a sentence
In emails and social media, the greater frequency of negatively connoted words when you wrote about him, the lack of likes and hearts on his posts.Dark spaces on the map|Katie McLean|December 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
With gaud and gaudy, which are the same words as good and cadi, may be connoted gaudeo the Latin for I rejoice.
The date palm may be connoted with the ded pillar, and the triple-fronded date of Myken with the trindod or drindod of Britain.
The willow tree (Welsh helygen), which grows essentially by the water-side, may be connoted with wallow.
Fortuna is radically for, and with the Fortunes or fates may be connoted the English fairies known as Portunes.
Physical sluggishness and moral vacuum are not simultaneously connoted by them.
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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