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Syllabification: im·ply
Pronunciation: /imˈplī

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.
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.
mean, point to, signify, indicate, signal, connote, denote;


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.


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

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