Definition of surmise in English:


Syllabification: sur·mise


Pronunciation: /sərˈmīz
[no object, usually with clause]


Pronunciation: /sərˈmīz, ˈsərˌmīz
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  • A supposition that something may be true, even though there is no evidence to confirm it: Charles was glad to have his surmise confirmed all these observations remain surmise
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    • The international coalition the White House is assembling will fracture if it is asked to act based on hunches and surmises.
    • It is unjust to start bombing on the basis of those surmises.
    • I was surprised with just how accurate some of their surmises were, though.


late Middle English (in the senses 'formal allegation' and 'allege formally'): from Anglo-Norman French and Old French surmise, feminine past participle of surmettre 'accuse', from late Latin supermittere 'put in afterward', from super- 'over' + mittere 'send'.

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