Definition of surmise in English:


Syllabification: sur·mise


Pronunciation: /sərˈmīz
[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.


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
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.


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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