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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 ?
Presently she looked up and answered, with a rising inflection implying a shade of uncertainty,
asked the mistress, in a tone particularly calculated to provoke her husband, implying both carelessness and contempt of his irritation.
All the children of the village, and most of the women, were admiring these sable warders and the closed windows of the house and forge; and as I came up, one of the two warders (the postboy) knocked at the door - implying that I was far too much exhausted by grief, to have strength remaining to knock for myself.
As she felt his pulse, and enquired after his health, there was a softness in her touch and in her accents implying a kinder interest than she would herself have been pleased to have voluntarily expressed.
The proposed Constitution, so far from implying an abolition of the State governments, makes them constituent parts of the national sovereignty, by allowing them a direct representation in the Senate, and leaves in their possession certain exclusive and very important portions of sovereign power.
61} This is hidden malice, implying that the Phaeacian magnates were no better than they should be.
This is one of the bons mots of Alexander VI, and refers to the ease with which Charles VIII seized Italy, implying that it was only necessary for him to send his quartermasters to chalk up the billets for his soldiers to conquer the country.
A deputation was therefore sent to the queen to entreat her to return to Paris; but she not only declined to receive the deputies, but sent an intimation by Chancellor Seguier, implying that if the parliament did not humble itself before her majesty by negativing all the questions that had been the cause of the quarrel, Paris would be besieged the very next day.
A shudder passed through Bertha's frame, and she returned to her station near the pillow, tacitly implying that she would not leave the room.
She could not contemplate the change as implying less.
Uno--piu--piccolo," was her next remark, implying "Has the cigar been given to you by Mr.
The eldest wore the white tie, high waistcoat, and thin-brimmed hat of the regulation curate; the second was the normal undergraduate; the appearance of the third and youngest would hardly have been sufficient to characterize him; there was an uncribbed, uncabined aspect in his eyes and attire, implying that he had hardly as yet found the entrance to his professional groove.