[ verb ser-mahyz; noun ser-mahyz, sur-mahyz ]
/ verb sərˈmaɪz; noun sərˈmaɪz, ˈsɜr maɪz /
verb (used with object), sur·mised, sur·mis·ing.
to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
verb (used without object), sur·mised, sur·mis·ing.
to conjecture or guess.
a matter of conjecture.
an idea or thought of something as being possible or likely.
a conjecture or opinion.
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Origin of surmise
1350–1400; Middle English surmisen < Anglo-French surmis(e), Middle French (past participle of surmettre to accuse < Latin supermittere to throw upon), equivalent to sur- sur-1 + mis (masculine), mise (feminine) < Latin missus, missa, equivalent to mit(tere) to send + -tus, -ta past participle suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM surmise
sur·mis·a·ble, adjectivesur·mised·ly [ser-mahyzd-lee, -mahy-zid-] /sərˈmaɪzd li, -ˈmaɪ zɪd-/, adverbsur·mis·er, nounun·sur·mised, adjective
Words nearby surmise
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Example sentences from the Web for surmisable
Out of the tail of his eye, just before he and Sonntag came to grips, he had caught a glimpse of this surmisable third party.From Place to Place|Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for surmisable
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to infer (something) from incomplete or uncertain evidence
noun (sɜːˈmaɪz, ˈsɜːmaɪz)
an idea inferred from inconclusive evidence
Derived forms of surmisesurmisable, adjectivesurmiser, noun
Word Origin for surmise
C15: from Old French, from surmettre to accuse, from Latin supermittere to throw over, from super- + mittere to send
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