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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
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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
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Future
I will surmise
you will surmise
he/she/it will surmise
we will surmise
you will surmise
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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 ?
Milk and honey" would have been an appropriate inscription for the delicious little library which parents who, I surmised, doted on Nicolete in vain, had allowed her to build in a wild woodland corner of her ancestral park, half a mile away from the great house, where, for all its corridors and galleries, she could never feel, at all events, spiritually alone.
His title, schoolmaster, would very naturally seem derived from the name bestowed upon the harem itself, but some have surmised that the man who first thus entitled this sort of Ottoman whale, must have read the memoirs of Vidocq, and informed himself what sort of a country-schoolmaster that famous Frenchman was in his younger days, and what was the nature of those occult lessons he inculcated into some of his pupils.
It is a plan that defines over 80 boarder land points over 956 km, surmised of being applied by fugitives for infiltration and smuggling.
If Tilly's hypothesis were correct, the researchers surmised, some eggs produced by the normal mice should glow green and vice versa.
One game warden surmised that the cub and its mother had recently emerged from hibernation and it was time for junior to be on its own.
The art-historical importance of Boas's photographs of gay porn stars Aaron Gage, Lance, and Leo Ford twinned by lobby promos hasn't been surmised, but their ontological consequence should be apparent.
Anthony, 23, awoke to hear hairdresser Craig saying "I do I do I do" and surmised he must have been talking about him.
Dunn let the man inside, but he soon surmised that something was wrong.
Peddle, who surmised that donations that might have gone to the appeal went instead to Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) and other organizations raising money for tsunami relief.
Five pages later, Alejandro Planchart uses Lowinsky's dating of the Hercules mass (late 1480s) to date the Missa Gaudeamus to the early or middle 1480s (to be sure, with qualification: "If the Hercules mass originated in the late 1480s, as Lowinsky surmised," 92).
THE Queen's Speech has revealed what I have long surmised - that this country is becoming a dictatorship by the back door.
Phillipps surmised that these were probably anecdotal cases in the literature.