|—vb , -fers, -ferring, -ferred|
|1.||to conclude (a state of affairs, supposition, etc) by reasoning from evidence; deduce|
|2.||(tr) to have or lead to as a necessary or logical consequence; indicate|
|3.||(tr) to hint or imply|
|[C16: from Latin inferre to bring into, from ferre to bear, carry]|
|usage The use of infer to mean imply is becoming more and more common in both speech and writing. There is nevertheless a useful distinction between the two which many people would be in favour of maintaining. To infer means `to deduce', and is used in the construction to infer something from something: I inferred from what she said that she had not been well. To imply (sense 1) means `to suggest, to insinuate' and is normally followed by a clause: are you implying that I was responsible for the mistake?|
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