imply

  • 1 imply — im·ply /im plī/ vt im·plied, im·ply·ing 1: to recognize as existing by inference or necessary consequence esp. on legal or equitable grounds in ordinary circumstances...the law would imply that it was the duty of the hospital to use due care… …

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  • 2 imply — (v.) late 14c., to enfold, enwrap, entangle (the classical Latin sense), from O.Fr. emplier, from L. implicare involve (see IMPLICATE (Cf. implicate)). Meaning to involve something unstated as a logical consequence first recorded c.1400; that of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 imply — ► VERB (implies, implied) 1) indicate by suggestion rather than explicit reference. 2) (of a fact or occurrence) suggest as a logical consequence. USAGE The words imply and infer do not mean the same thing. Imply is used with a speaker as its… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 Imply — Im*ply , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Implied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Implying}.] [From the same source as employ. See {Employ}, {Ply}, and cf. {Implicate}, {Apply}.] 1. To infold or involve; to wrap up. [Obs.] His head in curls implied. Chapman. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 imply — 1 involve, comprehend, include, embrace, subsume Analogous words: import, *mean, signify, denote: *contain, hold: convey, *carry, bear 2 *suggest, hint, intimate, insinuate Analogous words: connote, *denote: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 imply — [v] indicate, mean betoken, connote, denote, designate, entail, evidence, give a hint, hint, import, include, insinuate, intend, intimate, involve, mention, point to, presuppose, refer, signify, suggest; concepts 75,97,682 Ant. define, explicate …

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  • 7 imply — [im plī′] vt. implied, implying [ME implien < OFr emplier < L implicare, to involve, entangle < in , in + plicare, to fold: see PLY1] 1. to have as a necessary part, condition, or effect; contain, include, or involve naturally or… …

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  • 8 imply — infer, imply 1. The only point noted by Fowler (1926) was that the inflected forms of infer are inferred and inferring, and this is thankfully still true (but note inferable or inferrable, with one r or two, and inference with only one r). Fowler …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 imply — verb ADVERB ▪ clearly, heavily, strongly ▪ subtly ▪ He subtly implied that race was an issue in the case. ▪ logically ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 imply */*/*/ — UK [ɪmˈplaɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms imply : present tense I/you/we/they imply he/she/it implies present participle implying past tense implied past participle implied 1) if one thing implies another thing, the other thing is likely to… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 imply — 01. Were you [implying] that I stole some equipment when you mentioned that things always went missing when I was in the office? 02. When you said you didn t believe me, were you [implying] that I was lying? 03. Are you [implying] that I was… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 imply — im|ply W2 [ımˈplaı] v past tense and past participle implied present participle implying third person singular implies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: emplier, from Latin implicare; IMPLICATE] 1.) to suggest that something is true,… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 imply — im|ply [ ım plaı ] verb transitive *** 1. ) if one thing implies another thing, the other thing is likely to exist or be true: The presence of stairs in the ruins implies an upper floor. imply (that): The increase in the inflation level implies… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 imply — See imply, infer See imply, insinuate …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 15 imply — transitive verb (implied; implying) Etymology: Middle English emplien, from Anglo French emplier to entangle more at employ Date: 14th century 1. obsolete enfold, entwine 2. to involve or indicate by inference, association, or necessary… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 imply — see EMPLOY * * *    To imply something is to indicate it without spelling it out, in other words to involve it in something larger. The literal sense is enfold, from Latin implicare, which also gave English implicate …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 imply —  , infer  Imply means to suggest: He implied that I was a fool. Infer means to deduce: After three hours of waiting, we inferred that they weren’t coming …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 18 imply — [[t]ɪmpla͟ɪ[/t]] ♦♦♦ implies, implying, implied 1) VERB If you imply that something is the case, you say something which indicates that it is the case in an indirect way. [V that] Are you implying that I have something to do with those attacks?… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 imply — verb (implies, implying, implied) indicate by suggestion rather than explicit reference. ↘(of a fact or occurrence) suggest as a logical consequence. Derivatives implied adjective impliedly adverb Origin ME (orig. in the sense entangle ): from… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 imply*/ — [ɪmˈplaɪ] verb [T] to show or suggest that something exists or is true I didn t mean to imply that you were interfering.[/ex] …

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