- 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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Related Wordssignify, entail, hint, suggest, involve, mention, include, intend, intimate, connote, betoken, evidence, insinuate, import, denote, presuppose, refer, designate
Examples from the Web for implying
Ferret is a carefully chosen comparison, implying diligence but absolutely no imagination.Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper
November 16, 2014
However, even reputable news sources and well meaning celebrities are guilty of implying that she should have known better.Why We're So Hard on Janay Rice and Celebrity Survivors of Abuse
September 15, 2014
The researchers found that leaky gut preceded inflammation, implying that the leakiness plays a key role in disease development.New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases
March 27, 2014
What they are implying,” she sputtered, “is beneath contempt!Oswald’s Mother Was a Thoroughly Disagreeable Piece of Work
November 17, 2013
By implying that the last Sephardi poet to warrant commemoration lived 900 years ago, Bibi did not placate critics.For My Money, I'll Take the Al-Kuwaitis
May 6, 2013
We are accustomed to think of suffering as implying the possibility of joy.Understanding the Scriptures
(implying that if he delighted in censure he might have abundant opportunity of finding fault).Protagoras
They could not, as they put it, doubt their own eyesight, implying that they would do so if they could.The Goat-gland Transplantation
Sydney B. Flower
And he made a strange and significant gesture, implying violence.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
And then the cunning stroke of implying that her sister was not indisposed to listen to me.A Rent In A Cloud
Charles James Lever
- 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 implying
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?"