verb[no object, usually with clause]
- Given this evidence, local police surmised that perhaps Weed was drunk and accidentally fell off the balcony.
- They surmised that it must be a tractor with two different tires on it.
- The doctor stopped walking, and McNulty surmised that they must be outside Marx's room.
- 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 afterwards', from super- 'over' + mittere 'send'.
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