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 Fast food might connote easy accessibility or overindulgence in the West, but McDonald’s presented a different kind of comfort for my family and me. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Consuming something doesn’t necessarily connote expertise. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 The detailed sketch of Ralph on the motorcycle, helmet on, angled slightly down right to left to connote speed and travel, with the title in a distinctive font just below, is worth looking at for a long time to appreciate the skill of the design. John Warner,, 5 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 19 Aug. 2020 In and of themselves, the words Braves or Chiefs do not connote disrespect to my ears. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 27 July 2020 The form connotes immediacy, authenticity, a lack of mediation. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 10 Apr. 2020

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Connote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 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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