Share this entry


Synonyms of connote in English:


  • 1 he chose a style of dress that would connote toughness
    imply, suggest, indicate, signify, hint at, give the impression of, smack of, be associated with, allude to
  • Choose the right word

    connote, denote
    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.
    Share this entry

    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.