late 14c., "to enfold, enwrap, entangle" (the classical L. sense), from O.Fr. emplier
, from L. implicare
"involve" (see implicate
). Meaning "to involve something unstated as a logical consequence" first recorded 1529. The distinction between imply
is in "What do you imply by that remark?" But, "What am I to infer from that remark?"