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imply

Definition of imply

Etymology

    < Middle English implien < Old French as if *emplier < Latin implicare ("to infold, involve") < in ("in") + plicare ("to fold")

Pronunciation

Verb

to imply (third-person singular simple present implies, present participle implying, simple past and past participle implied)

  1. (transitive) To express in a suggestive manner rather than as a direct statement.

    "Are you implying that I don't wash my hands?!"

  2. (transitive) To have as a necessary consequence.
  3. (transitive) To suggest a logical inference.

Usage notes

  • This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).

Synonyms

  • insinuate

Related terms

  • implicate
  • implication
  • implicative
  • implicit
  • implicitness
  • implision

See also

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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