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sur·mise

 (sər-mīz′)
v. sur·mised, sur·mis·ing, sur·mis·es
v.tr.
1. To make a judgment about (something) without sufficient evidence; guess: "In another pocket he came across what he surmised in the dark were pennies, erroneously, however, as it turned out" (James Joyce).
2. To say (something) as a guess or conjecture.
v.intr.
To make a guess or conjecture.
n.
An idea or opinion based on insufficiently conclusive evidence; a conjecture.

[Middle English surmisen, to accuse, from Old French surmise, feminine past participle of surmettre : sur-, sur- + mettre, to put (from Latin mittere).]

surmise

vb
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to infer (something) from incomplete or uncertain evidence
n
an idea inferred from inconclusive evidence. Also (rare): surmisal
[C15: from Old French, from surmettre to accuse, from Latin supermittere to throw over, from super- + mittere to send]
surˈmisable adj
surˈmiser n

sur•mise

(sərˈmaɪz; n. also ˈsɜr maɪz)

v. -mised, -mis•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
v.i.
2. to conjecture or guess.
n.
3. an idea or thought of something as being possible or likely; conjecture.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French surmis(e), Middle French, n. use of past participle of surmettre < Medieval Latin supermittere to impute, surmise]
sur•mis′er, n.
syn: See guess.

surmise


Past participle: surmised
Gerund: surmising

Imperative
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Present
I surmise
you surmise
he/she/it surmises
we surmise
you surmise
they surmise
Preterite
I surmised
you surmised
he/she/it surmised
we surmised
you surmised
they surmised
Present Continuous
I am surmising
you are surmising
he/she/it is surmising
we are surmising
you are surmising
they are surmising
Present Perfect
I have surmised
you have surmised
he/she/it has surmised
we have surmised
you have surmised
they have surmised
Past Continuous
I was surmising
you were surmising
he/she/it was surmising
we were surmising
you were surmising
they were surmising
Past Perfect
I had surmised
you had surmised
he/she/it had surmised
we had surmised
you had surmised
they had surmised
Future
I will surmise
you will surmise
he/she/it will surmise
we will surmise
you will surmise
they will surmise
Future Perfect
I will have surmised
you will have surmised
he/she/it will have surmised
we will have surmised
you will have surmised
they will have surmised
Future Continuous
I will be surmising
you will be surmising
he/she/it will be surmising
we will be surmising
you will be surmising
they will be surmising
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been surmising
you have been surmising
he/she/it has been surmising
we have been surmising
you have been surmising
they have been surmising
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been surmising
you will have been surmising
he/she/it will have been surmising
we will have been surmising
you will have been surmising
they will have been surmising
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been surmising
you had been surmising
he/she/it had been surmising
we had been surmising
you had been surmising
they had been surmising
Conditional
I would surmise
you would surmise
he/she/it would surmise
we would surmise
you would surmise
they would surmise
Past Conditional
I would have surmised
you would have surmised
he/she/it would have surmised
we would have surmised
you would have surmised
they would have surmised
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.surmise - a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidencesurmise - a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
opinion, view - a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof; "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"
divination - successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck
Verb1.surmise - infer from incomplete evidence
deduce, derive, infer, deduct - reason by deduction; establish by deduction
2.surmise - imagine to be the case or true or probable; "I suspect he is a fugitive"; "I surmised that the butler did it"
hazard, guess, venture, pretend - put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"

surmise

verb
1. guess, suppose, imagine, presume, consider, suspect, conclude, fancy, speculate, infer, deduce, come to the conclusion, conjecture, opine, hazard a guess He surmised that he had discovered one of the illegal streets.

surmise

verb
To draw an inference on the basis of inconclusive evidence or insufficient information:
noun
A judgment, estimate, or opinion arrived at by guessing:
Translations

surmise

[sɜːˈmaɪz]
A. Nconjetura f, suposición f
B. VTconjeturar, suponer
I surmised as muchya me lo suponía or imaginaba

surmise

[sɜːrˈmaɪz] vt (= infer) to surmise (that) ... → présumer que ...

surmise

nVermutung f, → Mutmaßung f
vtvermuten, mutmaßen; I surmised as muchdas hatte ich (schon) vermutet; as one could surmise from his bookwie man nach seinem Buch vermuten or mutmaßen konnte

surmise

[n ˈsɜːmaɪz or sɜːˈmaɪz; vb sɜːˈmaɪz]
1. ncongettura
2. vtsupporre, congetturare
I surmised as much → me lo immaginavo
References in classic literature ?
What imagination would have been irreverent enough to surmise that the same scorching stigma was on them both!
But after embattling his facts, an advocate who should wholly suppress a not unreasonable surmise, which might tell eloquently upon his cause --such an advocate, would he not be blameworthy?
convinced her that he had nothing more to say or surmise about Hartfield.
Heathcliff is my daughter-in-law,' said Heathcliff, corroborating my surmise.
The light in the passage, falling full on his face as he passed it, proved the truth of Captain Wragge's surmise, and showed the stranger to be Mr.
Lorry was already out when he got back, and it was easy to surmise where the good old man was gone.
Snell was correct in his surmise, that somebody else would remember the pedlar's ear-rings.
who rather double honour gaine From his surmise prov'd false, finde peace within, Favour from Heav'n, our witness from th' event.
This surmise seemed to be confirmed when I saw a shadow suddenly glide along the sacristy wall.
I fear it was no dream, and must act on this surmise.
The uncharitable were apt to surmise that he had, in the interim, been well used up in a buffalo hunt; but those accustomed to Indian morality in the matter of horseflesh, considered it a singular evidence of honesty that he should be brought back at all.
On making private inquiries about the grounds said to be haunted by Feather Red-cap, he was more and more confirmed in his surmise.