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verb [transitive] formal     connote pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participleconnoting
past tenseconnoted
past participleconnoted
  1. 1
    linguistics if a word connotes something, it suggests an additional idea or emotion that is not part of its usual meaning

    The adjectives used in the poem all connote death.

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  2. 2
    if particular behavior or a particular situation connotes something, it suggests it

    Marriage conferred a higher status on women than spinsterhood, which connoted failure.

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