con·​note | \ kə-ˈnōt How to pronounce connote (audio) , kä-\
connoted; connoting

Definition of connote

transitive verb

1a : to convey in addition to exact explicit meaning all the misery that poverty connotes For her, the word "family" connotes love and comfort.
b : to imply as a logical connotation
2 : to be associated with or inseparable from as a consequence or concomitant the remorse so often connoted by guilt

Examples of connote in a Sentence

The word “childlike” connotes innocence. For her, the word “family” connotes love and comfort.

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The name of the school obviously connotes what some of the focus should be. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "As New School Year Looms, Chancellor Talks About Yeshivas, Specialized High Schools," 18 Aug. 2018 Her story is not inspiring or motivating for anyone — Lola (@lola_adewuya) July 11, 2018 Calling Kylie Jenner self-made connotes a sense of empowerment and a narrative that Jenner lifted herself up by her bootstraps. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The controversy over “Kylie Jenner, self-made billionaire,” explained," 13 July 2018 Northwell prefers not to call the Food as Health Center a pantry, concerned that the term might connote indigence. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Take Two Aspirin—and a Serving of Kale," 22 Oct. 2018 Pete Golibersuch, Ro’s VP of design, says that when his team started working on Zero’s branding — which is distinct from Roman’s — their early prototypes were based on blue and white color schemes meant to connote fresh air. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Two-thirds of US smokers say they want to quit. This company has a new idea for helping them.," 18 Sep. 2018 But nothing connotes freshness—and perhaps a vacation in the Italian countryside—quite like citrus. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "Spring's Citrus Fragrances: Eaux De Youth," 18 Apr. 2014 And that connotes and conjures up criminality and corruption. Fox News, "Sean Spicer: CNN's Jim Acosta owes Trump an apology," 2 Aug. 2018 The blank space in the title represents a word that cannot be published here, connoting the urgency of her mission. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: Mackenzie Davis Gets ‘Across Town,’ With Diversions," 21 June 2018 The unisons connoting the war (and choreographed to most of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, "As S.F. Ballet readies for festival, Canadian company gives its all in ‘Nijinsky’," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of connote

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for connote

Medieval Latin connotare, from Latin com- + notare to note

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English Language Learners Definition of connote

formal, of a word : to make you think about (something) in addition to the word's meaning

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