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v. sur·mised, sur·mis·ing, sur·mis·es
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.
To make a guess or conjecture.
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).]