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.
Recent Examples on the Web Its ailing state is not obvious; there are no spurts of blood, rotting branches, or mysterious pustules that might connote malady in a more charismatic creature. Sabrina Imbler, Smithsonian Magazine, "Will the Slender-Yoke Moss Be Saved?," 14 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, back at Santa’s workshop—a phrase that should connote only the jolliest of associations—a dark tale is unfolding. Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, "The Christmas Special From Hell," 24 Nov. 2020 Outside, the colors are carried over from the regular E-class as well, and the 15-spoke wheels have about three times too many spokes for a rim that's supposed to connote rough-and-ready outdoor adventures. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes E450 All-Terrain Gives Benz's Wagon a Lift," 19 Aug. 2020 In and of themselves, the words Braves or Chiefs do not connote disrespect to my ears. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Lunch Special: Who won the Malik Beasley trade between Nuggets, Timberwolves?," 27 July 2020 The form connotes immediacy, authenticity, a lack of mediation. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Dear Diary, the World Is Burning," 10 Apr. 2020 Rosabella is both rosé and beautiful, as the Italian name connotes. Alfonso Cevola, Dallas News, "Grab this beautiful Italian rosato wine for under $20," 15 May 2020 To her, that name connoted a very heavy-set, crude woman — a Sophie Tucker. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Grandparents Have Had Enough of Your Weird Baby Names," 21 Apr. 2020 And there are icons of the feminine, images of items that connote domesticity, sexuality and beauty: crock pots, baby carriers, vibrators, vacuum cleaners, tampons, tweezers. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Don’t tell Elyse Pignolet to ‘calm down.’ How one artist answers sexism with a roar," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of connote was in 1665

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24 Dec 2020

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“Connote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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