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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
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Examples from the web for implying
  • The possession of creative power is indeed far from implying the possession of a corresponding degree of critical judgment.
  • And other physicists were still citing his research, implying some acceptance of his views.
  • It wasn't nihilistic, implying that the music's not worth anything at all.
  • Elaine said she had never seen me so happy, implying our surroundings were the cause.
  • implying that the administration is misspending money is fallacious and, in a paper otherwise noted for good standards, low.
  • My work is important, you are saying, without implying that you are too self-important.
  • They criticize their university's leaders, implying or outright claiming that they could run the university better.
  • They seem to freeze a moment while implying a much bigger story.
  • My husband says paying for our friends' dinner would be implying that our friends cannot afford it.
  • We've witnessed a flareup of distributed anarchy implying an imprecise, but not unfounded contempt for the existing order.
British Dictionary definitions for implying


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 implying



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?"

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