to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence: They inferred his displeasure from his cool tone of voice.
(of facts, circumstances, statements, etc.) to indicate or involve as a conclusion; lead to.
to draw a conclusion, as by reasoning.
Although the claimed distinction has probably existed chiefly in the pronouncements of usage guides, and although the use of infer to mean “to suggest” usually produces no ambiguity, the distinction too has a long history and is widely observed by many speakers and writers.
- in·fer·a·ble, in·fer·ra·ble, adjective
- in·fer·a·bly, adverb
- in·fer·rer, noun
- mis·in·fer, verb, mis·in·ferred, mis·in·fer·ring.
- non·in·fer·a·ble, adjective
- non·in·fer·a·bly, adverb
- sub·in·fer, verb, sub·in·ferred, sub·in·fer·ring.
- un·in·fer·a·ble, adjective
- imply, infer (see usage note at the current entry)
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How to use infer in a sentence
Such big-picture cultural observations are a jumping-off point to infer what colors, silhouettes, and fabrics will be the macro trends in fashion up to two years in advance.Tech-savvy fashion forecasters already know what you’ll be wearing in two years | Rachael Zisk | February 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
Their goal was to see if they could infer how the flat-toothed predators crushed their prey without disturbing their dinner time.Listen to the soothing sounds of a snacking stingray | Purbita Saha | February 4, 2021 | Popular-Science
To reconstruct how that happened, the researchers used bioinformatics to infer the ancestral sequences for about 550 chemokines in today’s animals.Some Proteins Change Their Folds to Perform Different Jobs | Viviane Callier | February 3, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
Now, various teams are developing new ways to infer exactly how the multiverse bubbles and what happens when those bubble universes collide.Physicists Study How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide | Charlie Wood | January 25, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
Once we know the projected scoring margin, we can infer an implied win percentage.Gonzaga has a good chance to go undefeated and win the national championship | Neil Greenberg | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
And more I cannot explain/but you, from what I did not say/will infer what I do not say.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun | Katie Baker | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Therefore, we can at least infer that the people of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes did not have a rigorous eugenics program like Sparta.
I would tend to infer that I guess he is, however reluctantly.
Some people chose to infer that we believed humans to be feeble-minded, which we never did.
I infer from this that Dan Kois is not afflicted with lower back trouble.
We should infer also from some of the early stage plays, that the "players" used the weed even when acting their parts.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
From this place some commentators infer that this king became a true convert, and dying not long after, was probably saved.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
We must not, however, infer that there was a large Egyptian element in the Canaanitish Pantheon.
We infer from his writings that his age was degenerate and corrupt, but, as we have already said, his reproofs were gentle.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
We are left to infer that only thirteen out of 224 parishes were in such a state as the Bishop could approve.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
British Dictionary definitions for infer
to conclude (a state of affairs, supposition, etc) by reasoning from evidence; deduce
(tr) to have or lead to as a necessary or logical consequence; indicate
(tr) to hint or imply
- inferable, inferible, inferrable or inferrible, adjective
- inferably, adverb
- inferrer, noun
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