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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
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we surmised
you surmised
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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
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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 ?
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?
The great ordeal was in front of us; at last we were about to make our final effort, and yet Holmes had said nothing, and I could only surmise what his course of action would be.
But more than that we were never destined to know, though there was much which we might surmise.
A hint, a surmise, a doubt as to what might be in the box, would destroy him.
It had always seemed to Prince Andrew before that he was antipathetic to the Emperor and that the latter disliked his face and personality generally, and in the cold, repellent glance the Emperor gave him, he now found further confirmation of this surmise.
I left with Spider, and my ears burn now as I try to surmise the things they must have said about me.
The considerations thus presented to me in the diary, joined to certain surmises of my own that grew out of them, suggested a conclusion which I wondered I had not arrived at before.
No word had been said to give me anything to think about, and any surmises I might make were unwarranted.
These circumstances are cited in palliation of the doubts and surmises of Captain Thorn, which might otherwise appear strange and unreasonable.
The furthest records or surmises or inferences simply accept it as existing.
On the whole his surmises, in addition to what he knew of the fact, increased his friendliness and tolerance towards Ladislaw, and made him understand the vacillation which kept him at Middlemarch after he had said that he should go away.
And now as she made surmises as to who people were, what were their relations to one another, and what they were like, Kitty endowed them with the most marvelous and noble characters, and found confirmation of her idea in her observations.