- to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
- to conjecture or guess.
- a matter of conjecture.
- an idea or thought of something as being possible or likely.
- a conjecture or opinion.
Origin of surmise
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Examples from the Web for surmise
He could surmise one item in keeping with young women of Somali heritage.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
“In retrospect, one could surmise that ISIS has been working towards this point for years now,” he says.The Terrorist Caliph as Nation Builder in Iraq, Syria, and Beyond
July 8, 2014
In any event, Sarkozy supporters are correct to surmise that his detention is bad timing for the comeback bid.France’s Ex-Prez Sarkozy Placed Under Formal Investigation for Corruption
July 2, 2014
She did, however, choose to surmise that “The nationality of the shooter, it sounds Hispanic, Latino,” based on his name.The Ugliest, Creepiest Responses to the Fort Hood Shooting
April 3, 2014
But since you ask for my opinion, you must tell me all you know or surmise of their inducements.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
For what purpose this umbrella may have been carried we can only surmise.
With her appearance at C——-, commenced all that surmise could invent.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
"You are quite right in that surmise also," answered Miss Jennie.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
It is not difficult to surmise to what enterprises the President referred.The Railroad Question
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to infer (something) from incomplete or uncertain evidence
- an idea inferred from inconclusive evidence
Word Origin and History for surmise
early 15c., legal, "a charge, a formal accusation;" see surmise (v.). Meaning "inference, guess" is first found in English 1580s.