Definition of imply verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    imply

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈplaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈplaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they imply
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈplaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈplaɪ//
     
    he / she / it implies
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈplaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈplaɪz//
     
    past simple implied
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈplaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈplaɪd//
     
    past participle implied
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈplaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈplaɪd//
     
    -ing form implying
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈplaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈplaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to suggest that something is true or that you feel or think something, without saying so directly imply (that)… Are you implying (that) I am wrong? imply something I disliked the implied criticism in his voice. His silence seemed to imply agreement. it is implied that… It was implied that we were at fault. Which Word?infer / imply Infer and imply have opposite meanings. The two words can describe the same event, but from different points of view. If a speaker or writer implies something, they suggest it without saying it directly: The article implied that the pilot was responsible for the accident. If you infer something from what a speaker or writer says, you come to the conclusion that this is what he or she means: I inferred from the article that the pilot was responsible for the accident. Infer is now often used with the same meaning as imply. However, many people consider that a sentence such as Are you inferring that I’m a liar? is incorrect, although it is fairly common in speech.
  2. 2  to make it seem likely that something is true or exists synonym suggest imply (that)… The survey implies (that) more people are moving house than was thought. it is implied that… It was implied in the survey that… imply something The fact that she was here implies a degree of interest.
  3. 3imply something (of an idea, action, etc.) to make something necessary in order to be successful synonym mean The project implies an enormous investment in training. Sustainable development implies a long-term perspective.
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    Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French emplier, from Latin implicare, from in- ‘in’ + plicare ‘to fold’. The original sense was ‘entwine’; in the 16th and 17th cents the word also meant ‘employ’. Compare with employ and implicate.Extra examples I never meant to imply any criticism. The article falsely implied that he was responsible for the accident. The letter seems to imply that the minister knew about the business deals. The statement logically implies a certain conclusion. They believe that submission in no way implies inferiority. This does not necessarily imply that children achieve better results in private schools. This statement should not be taken to imply that the government is exonerated of all blame. the express or implied terms of the contract Campaigners said the data implies the existence of ‘a pressing social need’.
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