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 Eliminate all phrases and definitions that discriminate against and patronise [Ha!] women and/or connote men’s ownership of women; 2. Enlarge the dictionary’s entry for ‘woman’; 3. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Redefine ‘Woman,’ Activists Urge," 17 Sep. 2019 These metrics mean different things and don’t necessarily connote success. Jennifer Miller, New York Times, "Have We Hit Peak Podcast?," 18 July 2019 But if those formats connote superficial engagement with interiority, Leeson’s videos are raw, poignant, and painful. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Pioneering Feminist Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson Gets Timely and Overdue Attention in a New Show," 15 Nov. 2019 The idea and meaning behind wearing a mask is constantly in play, connoting both good and evil. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "‘Watchmen’ is a fantastic riff on race and justice — and an excellent reason to keep HBO," 17 Oct. 2019 In a blog post on Friday, Marketplace Pulse Chief Executive Officer Juozas Kaziukenas said that the top brand label could act much like the account verification badges used by Instagram or Twitter, which are designed to connote legitimacy. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Amazon puts 'top brand' label on some big name brands including Nike and Under Armour," 19 Aug. 2019 Indeed, cadenza is a music term that connotes improvisation — how the work of a soloist enhances and contributes to an orchestra’s overall performance. David Holahan,, "Profiles in Connecticut innovation: High-energy Cadenza makes power storage more efficient," 8 Nov. 2019 Pictures on packages can be powerful unconscious cues, connoting unprocessed, farm-fresh, natural foods that are flush with healthful properties. Washington Post, "How food companies use packaging to fool you into thinking an item is healthful," 23 Oct. 2019 Mr Almodóvar employs a palate of bright primary colours in both timelines, avoiding the sepia tones that many film-makers use to connote memory. N.e.g., The Economist, "“Pain and Glory” and the question of autobiographical art," 7 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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19 Dec 2019

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“Connote.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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to insert between existing elements

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