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
Yet the challenges experienced over this year, and the pivots and adjustments they’ve triggered, allow us to infer what may lie around the corner.When Broadway comes back: 5 ways the pandemic will transform the live theater industry|matthewheimer|December 13, 2020|Fortune
By then, I had started my work on mapping dark matter using gravitational lensing, proposing a new way to infer its granularity.Five Scientists on the Heroes Who Changed Their Lives - Issue 93: Forerunners|Alan Lightman, Hope Jahren, Robert Sapolsky,|December 2, 2020|Nautilus
From the shapes and sizes of these hypothetical structures, the scientists could infer whether, and in what manner, dark matter particles interact with themselves.The Search for Dark Matter Is Dramatically Expanding|Charlie Wood|November 23, 2020|Quanta Magazine
You might infer that if someone was a good and competent leader, there would be a pretty good chance that their close relatives, like their children, who have 50 percent of their genes, would also be good leaders.Why We Judge People Based on Their Relatives - Facts So Romantic|Diana Fleischman|November 11, 2020|Nautilus
This suggests that brains use combinations of generative and recognition models not just to recognize and characterize objects but to infer the causal structures inherent in scenes, all in an instant.Deep Neural Networks Help to Explain Living Brains|Anil Ananthaswamy|October 28, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Kelly began the segment calling Nolan a “self radicalized” Muslim, inferring that his horrific crime was connected to Islam.
Perhaps all that we are warranted in inferring from it is that the annual procession was, that year, of unusual splendour.The Science of Fairy Tales|Edwin Sidney Hartland
"Rational" refers to the power of knowledge, of inferring one thing from another, and discriminating between good and evil.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
He saw a light in Julie's window and inferring that she had not yet retired he went hastily to her room and knocked on the door.The Hosts of the Air|Joseph A. Altsheler
"Then your wife will not go," answered George, inferring that his services would be required because hers could not be had.From Farm House to the White House|William M. Thayer
How may certain former changes of sea-level be accounted for without inferring any movement of the land?Geology|James Geikie