Definition of surmise in English:

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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.
guess, conjecture, suspect, deduce, infer, conclude, theorize, speculate, divine;
assume, presume, suppose, understand, gather, feel, sense, think, believe, imagine, fancy, reckon
formal opine


Pronunciation: /sərˈmīz/
Pronunciation: /ˈsərˌmīz/
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'.

Words that rhyme with surmise

advise, apprise, apprize, arise, assize, capsize, chastise, comprise, demise, despise, devise, downsize, excise, flies, guise, incise, low-rise, misprize, outsize, previse, prise, prize, remise, revise, rise, size, surprise, uprise, wise

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Syllabification: sur·mise

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