Pronunciation: (ku-nōt'), [key]
—v., -not•ed, -not•ing.
1. to signify or suggest (certain meanings, ideas, etc.) in addition to the explicit or primary meaning: The word “fireplace” often connotes hospitality, warm comfort, etc.
2. to involve as a condition or accompaniment: Injury connotes pain.
to have significance only by association, as with another word: Adjectives can only connote, nouns can denote.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.