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 phrase usually connotes an onerous burden, an exhausted and overworked woman taxed with care for the young and the elderly at the same time. Nancy Shohet West,, "Notes from the sandwich generation," 4 July 2019 Like many new custom homes, the Dream House has an open floor plan that connotes family members hanging out and enjoying one another’s company. Roxanne Washington,, "2019 Lake County YMCA Dream House is ‘rustic modern farmhouse’ in Willoughby Hills; opens to tours June 29," 22 June 2019 There is also pleasure, often of an ironic sort, in calling someone by a name that connotes indelible connection. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Please, My Wife, She’s Very Online," 5 June 2019 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

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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