Surmise

  • 1 Surmise — Sur*mise , n. [OF. surmise accusation, fr. surmettre, p. p. surmis, to impose, accuse; sur (see {Sur }) + mettre to put, set, L. mittere to send. See {Mission}.] 1. A thought, imagination, or conjecture, which is based upon feeble or scanty… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 surmise — vb *conjecture, guess Analogous words: *infer, gather, judge, deduce, conclude: *think, conceive, fancy, imagine: *consider, regard, deem surmise n conjecture, guess (see under CONJECTURE vb) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 surmise — [n] guess, conclusion assumption, attempt, conjecture, deduction, guesstimate*, guesswork, hunch, hypothesis, idea, inference, notion, opinion, possibility, presumption, sneaking suspicion*, speculation, supposition, suspicion, theory, thought;… …

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  • 4 surmise — [sər mīz′; ] for n., also [ sʉr′mīz΄] n. [ME surmyse < OFr surmise, accusation, fem. of surmis, pp. of surmettre, lit., to put upon, hence to accuse < sur (see SUR 1) + mettre, to put < L mittere, to send (see MISSION)] 1. an idea or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Surmise — Sur*mise , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surmised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surmising}.] To imagine without certain knowledge; to infer on slight grounds; to suppose, conjecture, or suspect; to guess. [1913 Webster] It wafted nearer yet, and then she knew That… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 surmise — I verb apprehend, assume, augurari, be of the opinion, believe, conceive, conclude, conjecture, count, deduce, deem, divine, esteem, fancy, feel, gather, guess, have an idea, hazard a guess, hypothesize, imagine, infer, judge, opine, posit,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 surmise — meaning ‘to infer doubtfully’ and (as a noun) ‘a conjecture or suspicion’, is spelt ise, not ize. See ize, ise …

    Modern English usage

  • 8 surmise — ► VERB ▪ suppose without having evidence. ► NOUN ▪ a supposition or guess. ORIGIN originally in the sense «allege formally»: from Old French, accused , from Latin supermittere put in afterwards …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 surmise — [[t]sə(r)ma͟ɪz[/t]] surmises, surmising, surmised 1) VERB If you surmise that something is true, you guess it from the available evidence, although you do not know for certain. [FORMAL] [V wh] There s so little to go on, we can only surmise what… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 surmise — UK [sə(r)ˈmaɪz] / US [sərˈmaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms surmise : present tense I/you/we/they surmise he/she/it surmises present participle surmising past tense surmised past participle surmised formal to guess that something is true, when… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 surmise — I n. (formal) conjecture a surmise that + clause (she expressed a surmise that the situation would improve) II v. (L) I surmised that the situation would improve * * * [sə maɪz] (L) I surmised that the situation would improve (formal) [… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 surmise — {{11}}surmise (n.) early 15c., legal, a charge, a formal accusation; see SURMISE (Cf. surmise) (v.). Meaning inference, guess is first found in English 1580s. {{12}}surmise (v.) c.1400, to charge, allege, from O.Fr. surmis, pp. of surmettre to… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 13 surmise — Idea based on weak evidence, conjecture. Formerly where a defendant pleaded a local custom, for instance, a custom of the city of London, it was necessary for him to surmise, that is, to suggest that such custom should be certified to the court… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 14 surmise — sur|mise [səˈmaız US sər ] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: , past participle of surmetre to accuse , from Latin supermettere to throw on , from mittere to send ] formal to guess that something is true, using the information you know …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 surmise — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, allegation, charge, from Anglo French, from feminine of surmis, past participle of surmettre to place on, suppose, accuse, from Medieval Latin supermittere, from Late Latin, to place on, from Latin super +… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 surmise — [sə mʌɪz] verb suppose without having evidence. noun a supposition or guess. Origin ME (in the senses formal allegation and allege formally ): from Anglo Norman Fr. and OFr. surmise, feminine past participle of surmettre accuse , from late L.… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 surmise — verb (T) formal to guess that something is true using the information you know already surmise noun (C, U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 surmise — verb I can only surmise that they re plotting against me Syn: guess, conjecture, suspect, deduce, infer, conclude, theorize, speculate, divine; assume, presume, suppose, understand, gather, feel, sense, think, believe …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 surmise — sur•mise [[t]sərˈmaɪz[/t]] n. [[t]also ˈsɜr maɪz[/t]] v. mised, mis•ing, n. 1) to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess 2) to conjecture or guess 3) an idea or thought of something as being possible or likely;… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 surmise — n. & v. n. a conjecture or suspicion about the existence or truth of something. v. 1 tr. (often foll. by that + clause) infer doubtfully; make a surmise about. 2 tr. suspect the existence of. 3 intr. make a guess. Etymology: ME f. AF & OF fem.… …

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