Definition of imply in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈplʌɪ

verb (implies, implying, implied)

[with object]


late Middle English: from Old French emplier, from Latin implicare, from in- 'in' + plicare 'to fold'. The original sense was 'entwine'; in the 16th and 17th cents 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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