- to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated: His words implied a lack of faith.
- (of words) to signify or mean.
- to involve as a necessary circumstance: Speech implies a speaker.
- Obsolete. to enfold.
Origin of imply
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Examples from the Web for imply
In other words, Coexist stickers may imply a desire for global love.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
Aielli, who was very much alive when she learned of her funeral plans and the death threat they imply, says she is not deterred.Days of Mafia Mayhem Are Wracking Italy Once Again
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 22, 2014
That seemed to imply a spicy sex life, I say to him the next day.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
“All the papers seem to imply that you get executed in Iran for being gay,” Galloway said.The Most Insane Antics of George Galloway, Britain’s Purring, Dictator-Loving MP
August 7, 2014
The Just Like You has no intention of living as earthily as their words might imply.Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary
June 24, 2014
This petition does not imply, therefore, that we are to make God's name holy.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Nevertheless it was his pose to imply that for him no other sort of reputation was desirable.Casanova's Homecoming
How sad that the word "giddy" is used to imply wantonness or levity!Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
I quite understand that what you mean to imply is a return to early Christianity.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
If mutual, does it not imply mutual trust, mutual confidence?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- to express or indicate by a hint; suggestwhat are you implying by that remark?
- to suggest or involve as a necessary consequence
- logic to enable (a conclusion) to be inferred
- obsolete to entangle or enfold
Word Origin and History for imply
late 14c., "to enfold, enwrap, entangle" (the classical Latin sense), from Old French emplier, from Latin implicare "involve" (see implication). Meaning "to involve something unstated as a logical consequence" first recorded c.1400; that of "to hint at" from 1580s. Related: Implied; implying. The distinction between imply and infer is in "What do you imply by that remark?" But, "What am I to infer from that remark?"