verb (used with object), in·ferred, in·fer·ring.
verb (used without object), in·ferred, in·fer·ring.
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Origin of infer
usage note for infer
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.
historical usage of infer
OTHER WORDS FROM infer
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inferimply, infer (see usage note at the current entry)
Example sentences from the Web for infer
Scheiber inferred that Jarrett “is the closest we have to a human decoder ring” capable of unveiling “the real Barack Obama.”Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer|James Poulos|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The same group of astronomers has also inferred a type of exoplanet that fits in between the rocky planets and the gas giants.
But a la the premise often inferred by Disney's Cool Runnings, can anybody do it?Is It Really That Easy to be an Olympic Bobsledder?|Kevin Fixler|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, neither conclusion can be inferred even from what Issacharoff quotes Olmert saying, but never mind.What Commentary Gets Wrong About Olmert-Abbas Negotiations|Bernard Avishai|May 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
By their stunned expressions, I inferred that I had accidentally said, “I hate puppies.”
From all this it may be inferred that Alice was just a little coquettish, and that verdict is no doubt true.Uncle Terry|Charles Clark Munn
The nature of the play may be inferred from the name of the place at which it takes place in one of the provinces—namely, Enfer.The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims|Andrew Steinmetz
Here the action and the physical objective are given, but the objective is left to be inferred.Sound Military Decision|U.s. Naval War College
Ill-fed, I inferred, they succumbed thus suddenly to the fearful cold.Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer|George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)
In regard to this, naturally it would be inferred that it was the same case with me.