The word “connote” means to imply or suggest something more than what is written or spoken.
Reading between the lines, the general manager understood what was connoted in the recommendation to award the contract to the alternate vendor.
The word “denote” means to show the meaning explicitly.
We use the % symbol to denote percentages, not the words “percent” or “per cent.”
Thus, connote and denote are implicit and explicit ways of noting something, respectively.
Follow-up to the last tip I sent about Compared To vs. Compared With:
Note that I didn’t mention “compared against.” This is not proper usage.
If you are focusing on the differences, use “compared with” or “contrasted with.”
The picks data from the Aberdeen server were compared with the picks data for the same wells on the Houston server.