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surmise

[v. ser-mahyz; n. ser-mahyz, sur-mahyz] /v. sərˈmaɪz; n. sərˈmaɪz, ˈsɜr maɪz/
verb (used with object), surmised, surmising.
1.
to think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
verb (used without object), surmised, surmising.
2.
to conjecture or guess.
noun
3.
a matter of conjecture.
4.
an idea or thought of something as being possible or likely.
5.
a conjecture or opinion.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English surmisen < Anglo-French surmis(e), Middle French (past participle of surmettre to accuse < Latin supermittere to throw upon), equivalent to sur- sur-1 + mis (masculine), mise (feminine) < Latin missus, missa, equivalent to mit(tere) to send + -tus, -ta past participle suffix
Related forms
surmisable, adjective
surmisedly
[ser-mahyzd-lee, -mahy-zid-] /sərˈmaɪzd li, -ˈmaɪ zɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
surmiser, noun
unsurmised, adjective
unsurmising, adjective
Synonyms
1. imagine, suppose, suspect. See guess.
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  • The detective said he surmised there was a gun at the end of that arm.
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  • The ray, it was surmised, must strike the object directly before it can be seen.
  • Some who were let in later surmised that he wanted to teach them a lesson.
  • And someday, he surmised, it might be cheaper for scientists to synthesize simple organisms than to grow them.
British Dictionary definitions for surmised

surmise

verb (sɜːˈmaɪz)
1.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to infer (something) from incomplete or uncertain evidence
noun (sɜːˈmaɪz; ˈsɜːmaɪz)
2.
an idea inferred from inconclusive evidence
Derived Forms
surmisable, adjective
surmiser, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from surmettre to accuse, from Latin supermittere to throw over, from super- + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for surmised

surmise

v.

c.1400, "to charge, allege," from Old French surmis, past participle of surmettre "to accuse," from sur- "upon" (see sur-) + mettre "put," from Latin mittere "to send" (see mission). Meaning "to infer conjecturally" is recorded from 1700. Related: Surmised; surmising.

n.

early 15c., legal, "a charge, a formal accusation;" see surmise (v.). Meaning "inference, guess" is first found in English 1580s.

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