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imply

signify or mean; to suggest: Her words imply a lack of caring.
Not to be confused with:
infer – deduce, reason, guess; draw a conclusion: They inferred her dislike from her cold reply.
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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.]
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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"
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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
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imply

verb
1. To lead to by logical inference:
2. To convey an idea by indirect, subtle means:
Idiom: drop a hint.
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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
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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 ...
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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imply

[ɪmˈplaɪ] vt (hint, suggest) → insinuare; (indicate) → implicare
it implies a lot of work → implica un sacco di lavoro
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

imply

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

v. implicar, insinuar.
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References in classic literature ?
Security against defeat implies defensive tactics; ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive.
The existence of closely allied or representative species in any two areas, implies, on the theory of descent with modification, that the same parents formerly inhabited both areas; and we almost invariably find that wherever many closely allied species inhabit two areas, some identical species common to both still exist.
Organs in a rudimentary condition plainly show that an early progenitor had the organ in a fully developed state; and this in some instances necessarily implies an enormous amount of modification in the descendants.
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.
For perception implies a body perceived and a body in which perception takes place.
Dimension implies direction, implies measurement, implies the more and the less.
Tacit obedience implies no force upon the will, and consequently may be easily, and without any pains, preserved; but when a wife, a child, a relation, or a friend, performs what we desire, with grumbling and reluctance, with expressions of dislike and dissatisfaction, the manifest difficulty which they undergo must greatly enhance the obligation.
A smaller than the average implied move usually implies some level of complacency by the options market, said Khouw.
GDP report implies a 2.3% productivity growth pace in Q1 after an expected trimming in the Q4 rate to 1.4% from 1.9%.
Ricoeur's in Oneself as Another), which regards sameness (idem-identity) and selfhood (ipse-identity) as different rather than overlapping, with the latter becoming positively inflected as the seat of constancy that makes possible the response "Here I am" (165), the return to the self no longer implies the recovery of "some unchanging core of the personality" (2).
With respect to the sale of goods, like HD TVs and refrigerators, many state legislatures, including Illinois', have adopted a modified form of the Uniform Commercial Code, which implies warranties such as merchantability and fitness for use into every sale.
Likewise, the common law implies that employers have a duty to provide: