- 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 implies
The skit also implies that executive orders are a new aspect of governance.SNL Parodies Schoolhouse Rock Hilariously, Gets A Lot Wrong
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
November 24, 2014
Not the least is what it implies for the financing of the project.Virgin Galactic’s Flight Path to Disaster: A Clash of High Risk and Hyperbole
November 1, 2014
It implies that GMOs are the opposite of butterflies and blades of grass.Whole Foods' Anti-GMO Swindle
September 15, 2014
I'll give you $10,000, and you provide me with a platform to continue my feud, he implies.#IceBucketChallenge Wisdom From 'Jackass' Steve-O
August 21, 2014
The agent maintained that at least one of the tweets “implies to me an interest in trying to travel to Syria.”The Mystery of Donald Ray Morgan, the 44-Year-Old American Who Loved ISIS
August 12, 2014
It implies a pre-existing something, inwrapped as a germ in its environment.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
In its common, or generally received, acceptation, it implies two things.The Politician Out-Witted
All matter is magnetic in some degree, and that implies polarity.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
Then everything which is and is not in a certain state, implies change?
And each part, as the word 'each' implies, is also an absolute one.
- 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 implies
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?"