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imply

Syllabification: im·ply
Pronunciation: /imˈplī
 
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Definition of imply in English:

verb (implies, implying, implied)

[with object]
1Strongly suggest the truth or existence of (something not expressly stated): the salesmen who uses jargon to imply his superior knowledge [with clause]: the report implies that two million jobs might be lost
More example sentences
  • Her words were ripped out of context and her speech was widely reported as implying her support for terrorism.
  • The rebirth implied by the concept of the Renaissance had reference to classical learning.
  • These data imply that kava extract is superior to placebo as a symptomatic treatment of anxiety.
Synonyms
insinuate, suggest, hint (at), intimate, say indirectly, indicate, give someone to understand, convey the impression, signal
1.1(Of a fact or occurrence) suggest (something) as a logical consequence: the forecasted traffic increase implied more roads and more air pollution
More example sentences
  • Caring about the consequences of events of which you disapproved does not imply support for those events.
  • To suggest so implies a deep misunderstanding of the nature of consciousness.
  • Of course, that one doesn't protest about a thing doesn't necessarily imply endorsement of it.
Synonyms
mean, point to, signify, indicate, signal, connote, denote;

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French emplier, from Latin implicare, from in- 'in' + plicare 'to fold'. The original sense was 'entwine, entangle'; in the 16th and 17th centuries the word also meant 'employ' Compare with employ and implicate.

Usage

Imply and infer do not mean the same thing and should not be used interchangeably: see infer (usage).

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