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surmise

[ verb ser-mahyz; noun ser-mahyz, sur-mahyz ]
/ verb s蓹r藞ma瑟z; noun s蓹r藞ma瑟z, 藞s蓽r ma瑟z /
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verb (used with object), sur路mised, sur路mis路ing.
to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
verb (used without object), sur路mised, sur路mis路ing.
to conjecture or guess.
noun
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鈥1400; Middle English surmisen from Anglo-French surmis(e), Middle French (past participle of surmettre 鈥渢o accuse鈥 from Latin supermittere 鈥渢o throw upon鈥), equivalent to sur- sur-1 + mis (masculine), mise (feminine) from Latin missus, missa, equivalent to mit(tere) 鈥渢o send鈥 + -tus, -ta past participle suffix

synonym study for surmise

1. See guess.

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British Dictionary definitions for surmise

surmise

verb (s蓽藧藞ma瑟z)
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to infer (something) from incomplete or uncertain evidence
noun (s蓽藧藞ma瑟z, 藞s蓽藧ma瑟z)
an idea inferred from inconclusive evidence

Derived forms of surmise

surmisable, 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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