con·​note | \kə-ˈnōt, 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 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 Over time the phrase Made in Italy, which is a certification of origin as well as a powerful concept that connotes quality and craftsmanship, acquired the gloss associated with high-end luxury products. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Who Is On Next? Winners MRZ and MTF Maria Turri Are Redefining What Made in Italy Means," 2 July 2018 In the Middle Ages the concept shifted and connoted instead the connection between the present and a noble past. Jennifer Raff, New York Times, "In an Age of Gene Editing and Surrogacy, What Does Heredity Mean?," 31 May 2018 And like the cowboy hat, Mr. Wilcox added, baseball caps connote masculinity, and give men of any age a stylish way to hide. Scott Christian, WSJ, "Can Men Wear a Baseball Cap Without Looking Like a Frat Boy?," 19 June 2018 There's a lot connoted with such a big birthday — but Puryear has anything but herself in mind. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Heroic Mom Feeds 30,000 People in Need Thanks to Extreme Couponing," 14 Mar. 2017 Quilts may connote comfort and warmth to most people, but there's a history of using them to make social and political points, said Nora Burchfield, the museum's executive director. Mark Pratt,, "Migrant Quilt Project brings border tragedies to the surface, stitch by stitch," 7 May 2018 Lodi, which to the general wine public connotes off-dry blush wines and Port-like red blends. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why is star winemaker Tegan Passalacqua building a winery in Lodi?," 20 May 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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of a word : to make you think about (something) in addition to the word's meaning

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