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surmise

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Pronunciation: /səˈmʌɪz
 
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Definition of surmise in English:

verb

[no object, usually with clause]
Suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it: he surmised that something must be wrong [with direct speech]: ‘I don’t think they’re locals,’ she surmised
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
guess, conjecture, suspect, deduce, infer, come to the conclusion, conclude, theorize, speculate, glean, divine;
assume, presume, suppose, understand, gather, feel, have a sneaking suspicion, hazard a guess, sense, be of the opinion, think, believe, imagine, judge, fancy, reckon
formal opine

noun

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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 [mass noun]: all these observations remain surmise
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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