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im·ply

 (ĭm-plī′)
tr.v. im·plied, im·ply·ing, im·plies
1.
a. To express or state indirectly: She implied that she was in a hurry.
b. To make evident indirectly: His fine clothes implied that he was wealthy. See Synonyms at suggest. See Usage Note at infer.
2. To involve by logical necessity; entail: Life implies growth and death.

[Middle English implien, from Old French emplier, to enfold, from Latin implicāre; see implicate.]

imply

(ɪmˈplaɪ)
vb (tr; may take a clause as object) , -plies, -plying or -plied
1. to express or indicate by a hint; suggest: what are you implying by that remark?.
2. (Logic) to suggest or involve as a necessary consequence
3. (Logic) logic to enable (a conclusion) to be inferred
4. obsolete to entangle or enfold
[C14: from Old French emplier, from Latin implicāre to involve; see implicate]
Usage: See at infer

im•ply

(ɪmˈplaɪ)

v.t. -plied, -ply•ing.
1. to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated.
2. to involve as a necessary circumstance: Speech implies a speaker.
3. Obs. to enfold.
[1325–75; Middle English < Middle French emplier < Latin implicāre]
usage: See infer.

imply

  • imply, infer - A speaker or writer implies, a hearer or reader infers; implications are incorporated in statements, while inferences are deduced from statements. Imply means "suggest indirectly that something is true," while infer means "conclude or deduce something is true"; furthermore, to imply is to suggest or throw out a suggestion, while to infer is to include or take in a suggestion.
  • intent, intention - Intent implies a sustained unbroken commitment or purpose, while intention implies an intermittent resolution or an initial aim or plan.

imply

infer
1. 'imply'

If you imply that something is the case, you suggest that it is the case without actually saying so.

Somehow he implied that he was the one who had done all the work.
Her tone implied that her time and her patience were limited.
2. 'infer'

If you infer that something is the case, you decide that it is the case on the basis of the information that you have.

I inferred from what she said that you have not been well.
It is only from doing experiments that cause-and-effect relationships can be inferred.

imply


Past participle: implied
Gerund: implying

Imperative
imply
imply
Present
I imply
you imply
he/she/it implies
we imply
you imply
they imply
Preterite
I implied
you implied
he/she/it implied
we implied
you implied
they implied
Present Continuous
I am implying
you are implying
he/she/it is implying
we are implying
you are implying
they are implying
Present Perfect
I have implied
you have implied
he/she/it has implied
we have implied
you have implied
they have implied
Past Continuous
I was implying
you were implying
he/she/it was implying
we were implying
you were implying
they were implying
Past Perfect
I had implied
you had implied
he/she/it had implied
we had implied
you had implied
they had implied
Future
I will imply
you will imply
he/she/it will imply
we will imply
you will imply
they will imply
Future Perfect
I will have implied
you will have implied
he/she/it will have implied
we will have implied
you will have implied
they will have implied
Future Continuous
I will be implying
you will be implying
he/she/it will be implying
we will be implying
you will be implying
they will be implying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been implying
you have been implying
he/she/it has been implying
we have been implying
you have been implying
they have been implying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been implying
you will have been implying
he/she/it will have been implying
we will have been implying
you will have been implying
they will have been implying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been implying
you had been implying
he/she/it had been implying
we had been implying
you had been implying
they had been implying
Conditional
I would imply
you would imply
he/she/it would imply
we would imply
you would imply
they would imply
Past Conditional
I would have implied
you would have implied
he/she/it would have implied
we would have implied
you would have implied
they would have implied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.imply - express or state indirectly
evince, express, show - give expression to; "She showed her disappointment"
2.imply - suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
presuppose, suppose - require as a necessary antecedent or precondition; "This step presupposes two prior ones"
intimate, suggest - imply as a possibility; "The evidence suggests a need for more clarification"
connote, predicate - involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic; "solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well"
evince, express, show - give expression to; "She showed her disappointment"
3.imply - have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
necessitate - cause to be a concomitant
4.imply - suggest that someone is guilty
paint a picture, suggest, evoke - call to mind; "this remark evoked sadness"
5.imply - have as a necessary feature; "This decision involves many changes"
feature, have - have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"
carry - be necessarily associated with or result in or involve; "This crime carries a penalty of five years in prison"

imply

verb
1. suggest, hint, insinuate, indicate, signal, intimate, signify, connote, give (someone) to understand Are you implying that I had something to do with this?
2. involve, mean, entail, include, require, indicate, import, point to, signify, denote, presuppose, betoken The meeting in no way implies a resumption of contact with the terrorists. see infer

imply

verb
1. To lead to by logical inference:
2. To convey an idea by indirect, subtle means:
Idiom: drop a hint.
Translations
انطوىيوحي، يَضْمِر
naznačovat
antyde
edellyttääimplikoidamerkitä
burkoltan céloz
gefa í skyn
ほのめかす
duoti suprastipotekstė
likt saprastnetieši norādīt
namigovati
implicera
ima etmek

imply

[ɪmˈplaɪ] VT (= hint, suggest) → insinuar; (= involve) → suponer, implicar
are you implying that ...?¿quieres decir que ...?, ¿insinúas que ...?
what are you implying?¿qué insinúas?
he implied he would do itdio a entender que lo haría
it implies a lot of worksupone or implica mucho trabajo

imply

[ɪmˈplaɪ] vt
(= hint) → vouloir dire par là
What are you implying? → Que veux-tu dire par là?
to imply that ... → vouloir dire par là que ...
I don't wish to imply that you are stupid → Je ne veux pas dire par là que tu es stupide.
(= mean) → impliquer
(= suggest) to imply (that) ... → impliquer que ...

imply

vt
(= suggest)andeuten, implizieren; are you implying or do you mean to imply that …?wollen Sie damit vielleicht sagen or andeuten, dass …?; this implies that he has changed his minddas deutet darauf hin, dass er es sich (dat)anders überlegt hat
(= indicate, lead to conclusion)schließen lassen auf (+acc)
(= involve)bedeuten

imply

[ɪmˈplaɪ] vt (hint, suggest) → insinuare; (indicate) → implicare
it implies a lot of work → implica un sacco di lavoro

imply

(imˈplai) verb
to suggest or hint without actually stating. Are you implying that I am a liar?
impliˈcation noun

imply

v. implicar, insinuar.
References in classic literature ?
It was universally agreed, among all the household, from Dinah down to the youngest urchin, that Miss Ophelia was decidedly "curis,"--a term by which a southern servant implies that his or her betters don't exactly suit them.
To preserve wild animals implies generally the creation of a forest for them to dwell in or resort to.
However, I had read "Tom Jones," and "Rod- erick Random," and other books of that kind, and knew that the highest and first ladies and gentlemen in England had remained little or no cleaner in their talk, and in the morals and conduct which such talk implies, clear up to a hundred years ago; in fact clear into our own nineteenth century -- in which century, broadly speaking, the earliest samples of the real lady and real gentleman discoverable in English history -- or in European history, for that matter -- may be said to have made their appearance.
My father is Miss Havisham's cousin; not that that implies familiar intercourse between them, for he is a bad courtier and will not propitiate her.
The rest is true, they found me where they say; But that implies not violence or harme.
The soft and gentle river Don sweeps through an amphitheatre, in which cultivation is richly blended with woodland, and on a mount, ascending from the river, well defended by walls and ditches, rises this ancient edifice, which, as its Saxon name implies, was, previous to the Conquest, a royal residence of the kings of England.
But a right implies a remedy; and where else could the remedy be deposited, than where it is deposited by the Constitution?
Dimension implies direction, implies measurement, implies the more and the less.
I really am quite ashamed to have been the cause of your undergoing such severe self-examination; let us drop the subject, and adopt the middle course of delay, which implies neither a rupture nor an engagement.
This puts coined money out of the question, but nevertheless implies that the gold had been worked into ornaments of some kind.
Security against defeat implies defensive tactics; ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive.
Similarly the existence of a master necessitates the existence of a slave, and that of a slave implies that of a master; these are merely instances of a general rule.