Synonyms of connote in English:
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Denote refers to the literal, primary meaning of something; connote refers to other characteristics suggested or implied by that thing. Thus, one might say that the word 'mother' denotes ‘a woman who is a parent’ but connotes qualities such as 'protection' and 'affection.' Connotate is a needless variant of connote that, if anything, only adds to the confusion, and therefore should be avoided.