Definition of imply in English:

imply

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈplʌɪ
 
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verb (implies, implying, implied)

[with object]

Origin

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.

Usage

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

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