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"connotation" in British English

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connotationnoun [C]

uk   /ˌkɒn.əˈteɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌkɑː.nə-/
a ​feeling or ​idea that is ​suggested by a ​particular word ​although it need not be a ​part of the word's ​meaning, or something ​suggested by an ​object or ​situation: The word "​lady" has connotations ofrefinement and ​excessivefemininity that some women ​findoffensive.
connote
verb [T] uk   /kəˈnəʊt/  us   /-ˈnoʊt/ formal
To me, ​chocolate connotes ​pleasure and ​indulgence.
(Definition of connotation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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connotationnoun [C]

 us   /ˌkɑn·əˈteɪ·ʃən/
grammar a ​feeling or ​idea that is ​suggested by a word in ​addition to ​itsbasicmeaning, or something ​suggested by an ​object or ​situation: "Resolute" ​meansstubborn, but with a more ​positive connotation.
(Definition of connotation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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