[verb ser-mahyz; noun ser-mahyz, sur-mahyz]
- to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
- to conjecture or guess.
- a matter of conjecture.
- an idea or thought of something as being possible or likely.
- a conjecture or opinion.
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
Synonyms for surmise
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- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to infer (something) from incomplete or uncertain evidence
- an idea inferred from inconclusive evidence
Word Origin for surmise
C15: from Old French, from surmettre to accuse, from Latin supermittere to throw over, from super- + mittere to send
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
early 15c., legal, "a charge, a formal accusation;" see surmise (v.). Meaning "inference, guess" is first found in English 1580s.
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