[ im-plahyd ]
/ ɪmˈplaɪd /


involved, indicated, or suggested without being directly or explicitly stated; tacitly understood: an implied rebuke; an implied compliment.

Nearby words

  1. implicit bias,
  2. implicit differentiation,
  3. implicit function,
  4. implicit function theorem,
  5. implicitly,
  6. implied consent,
  7. implied warranty,
  8. implode,
  9. imploratory,
  10. implore

Origin of implied

First recorded in 1520–30; imply + -ed2

Related formsim·pli·ed·ly [im-plahy-id-lee] /ɪmˈplaɪ ɪd li/, adverbun·im·plied, adjectivewell-im·plied, adjective

Can be confusedexplicit implicit implied


[ im-plahy ]
/ ɪmˈplaɪ /

verb (used with object), im·plied, im·ply·ing.

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

1325–75; Middle English implien, emplien < Middle French emplier < Latin implicāre; see implicate

Related formsre·im·ply, verb (used with object), re·im·plied, re·im·ply··per·im·ply, verb (used with object), su·per·im·plied, su·per·im·ply·ing.

Can be confusedimply infer (see usage note at infer)

Usage note

See infer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for implied


/ (ɪmˈplaɪd) /


hinted at or suggested; not directly expressedan implied criticism
Derived Formsimpliedly (ɪmˈplaɪɪdlɪ), adverb


/ (ɪmˈplaɪ) /

verb -plies, -plying or -plied (tr; may take a clause as object)

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 for imply

C14: from Old French emplier, from Latin implicāre to involve; see implicate


See infer

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Word Origin and History for implied



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?"

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