- To connote is defined as to suggest or convey an additional meaning or a special importance to the usual meaning of a specific word.
An example of to connote is to imply many qualities about a relationship by calling someone your partner.
- to suggest or convey (associations, overtones, etc.) in addition to the explicit, or denoted, meaning: the word “mother” means “female parent,” but it generally connotes love, care, tenderness, etc.
- to imply or involve as a result, accompaniment, etc.
Origin: Midieval Latin connotare ; from Classical Latin com-, together plush notare, to mark: see note
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transitive verb con·not·ed, con·not·ing, con·notes
- To suggest or imply in addition to literal meaning: “The term ‘liberal arts’ connotes a certain elevation above utilitarian concerns” (George F. Will). See Usage Note at denote.
- To have as a related or attendant condition: For a political leader, hesitation is apt to connote weakness.
Origin: Medieval Latin connotāre, to mark along with : Latin com-, com- + Latin notāre, to mark (from nota, mark; see gnō- in Indo-European roots).