Definition of connote
1 : to be associated with or inseparable from as a consequence or concomitant <the remorse so often connoted by guilt>
2a : 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
Examples of connote in a sentence
The word “childlike” connotes innocence.
For her, the word “family” connotes love and comfort.
Origin and Etymology of connote
Medieval Latin connotare, from Latin com- + notare to note
First Known Use: 1665
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Definition of connote for English Language Learners
of a word : to make you think about (something) in addition to the word's meaning
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