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[im-plahy] /ɪmˈplaɪ/
verb (used with object), implied, implying.
to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated:
His words implied a lack of faith.
(of words) to signify or mean.
to involve as a necessary circumstance:
Speech implies a speaker.
Obsolete. to enfold.
Origin of imply
1325-75; Middle English implien, emplien < Middle French emplier < Latin implicāre; see implicate
Related forms
reimply, verb (used with object), reimplied, reimplying.
superimply, verb (used with object), superimplied, superimplying.
Can be confused
imply, infer (see usage note at infer)
3. assume, include.
Usage note
See infer. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for implies
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  • Of course, it implies the strictest self-discipline, but it leads to a high goal.

    The Way of Initiation Rudolf Steiner
  • It implies a pre-existing something, inwrapped as a germ in its environment.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Your way of speaking to me implies an assertion of equality—'

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • In its common, or generally received, acceptation, it implies two things.

  • This implies that dictionaries, including personal dictionaries, as they are formed in constituting our language, are congruent.

British Dictionary definitions for implies


verb (transitive; may take a clause as object) -plies, -plying, -plied
to express or indicate by a hint; suggest: what are you implying by that remark?
to suggest or involve as a necessary consequence
(logic) to enable (a conclusion) to be inferred
(obsolete) to entangle or enfold
Word Origin
C14: from Old French emplier, from Latin implicāre to involve; see implicate
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Word Origin and History for implies



late 14c., "to enfold, enwrap, entangle" (the classical Latin sense), from Old French emplier, from Latin implicare "involve" (see implication). Meaning "to involve something unstated as a logical consequence" first recorded c.1400; that of "to hint at" from 1580s. Related: Implied; implying. The distinction between imply and infer is in "What do you imply by that remark?" But, "What am I to infer from that remark?"

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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implies in Technology

(=> or a thin right arrow) A binary Boolean function and logical connective. A => B is a true implication unless A is true and B is false. The truth table is
A B | A => B ----+------- F F | T F T | T T F | F T T | T
It is surprising at first that A => B is always true if A is false, but if X => Y then we would expect that (X & Z) => Y for any Z.
If A is actually an expression X & Y then the implication is called a syllogism.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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