‘Imply’ or ‘infer’?

Imply and infer can be easily confused due to their similar meanings. Imply means ‘indicate the truth or existence of (something) by suggestion rather than explicit reference’, as in:

The soldier implied the general was a traitor, without explicitly stating it.

Infer means to ‘deduce or conclude (something) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements’, as in:

From these facts in this report we can infer that crime has been increasing.

 

Go back to usage or read more about imply and infer on the OxfordWords blog.

You may also be interested in

‘Diffuse’ or ‘defuse’?

‘Bring’ or ‘take’?

‘Flair’ or ‘flare’?


Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Grammar and usage