Can someone recommend proper usage of the word "connotate", for example, in a sentence? I am having difficulty distinguishing when to use connote over connotates.

The word 'remaining' connotes (or connotates?) continuing action as before...

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    Collins: << connotate [in British English] verb (transitive) obsolete: to connote >> Aug 20, 2020 at 14:47
  • From connotation, you could produce connotate. But then, I have heard orientation produce orientate, and conversation conversate, and not just once. Aug 20, 2020 at 19:46
  • Also, 'remaining' denotes continuing, as opposed to 'connotes' it. While a denotation is the dictionary definition, a connotation is the more subtle hint a word gives. "I've been waiting for you" does denote the wait, neutrally, but may connote impatience. Aug 20, 2020 at 20:03

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According to the Online Etymology Dictionary:

connotate (v.)
"to signify secondarily," 1590s, from Medieval Latin connotatus, past participle of connotare "signify in addition to the main meaning," a term in logic (see connotation). It is now obsolete, replaced by connote.

Emphasis mine. A Google Ngram backs it up:

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So, to answer your question, there is no proper usage of the word connotate in modern English.

Just use connote.

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