connote

verb
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 The family is slowly done in by objects that connote their relative wealth: a Callaway golf club, a hunting rifle, the sailboat. Lena Wilson, New York Times, "I Know Where You Lived Last Summer," 29 Aug. 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 Families were once more likely to accept the notion that higher price also connoted high quality. New York Times, "More Private Colleges Are Cutting Tuition, but Don’t Expect to Pay Less," 9 Aug. 2019 The wording seems to connote an attempt to save money by banking on unborns or newborns to die. Joni Hess, Vox, "From diagnostics to autopsy to burial, stillbirths are alarmingly expensive in America," 30 July 2019 Colors on the site were switched to black and white to connote mourning. Josh Chin, WSJ, "Chemical Leak From State-Owned Factory Caused Deadly China Blast," 30 Nov. 2018 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 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. Matt Day, Fortune, "Amazon Tests ‘Top Brand’ Label for Clothing Companies Including Under Armour and Speedo," 16 Aug. 2019 The fact that such a term as ‘ginger’ exists as if to connote some sort of sub-race of whiteness demonstrates how the rigidity of white supremacist beauty standards harms everyone and can never be truly satisfied, especially by women. Thembi Ford, Essence, "On Reboots And Redheads," 15 July 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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connote

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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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