Definitions for implyɪmˈplaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•ply*ɪmˈplaɪ(v.t.)-plied, -ply•ing.

  1. to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated.

  2. to involve as a necessary circumstance:

    Speech implies a speaker.

  3. Obs. to enfold.

* Usage: See infer.

Origin of imply:

1325–75; ME < MF emplier < L implicāre

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imply, connote(verb)

    express or state indirectly

  2. imply(verb)

    suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic

  3. entail, imply, mean(verb)

    have as a logical consequence

    "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

  4. incriminate, imply, inculpate(verb)

    suggest that someone is guilty

  5. imply, involve(verb)

    have as a necessary feature

    "This decision involves many changes"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. imply(verb)ɪmˈplaɪ

    to suggest sth is true without saying it directly

    Are you implying that Henry took the money?


  1. imply(Verb)

    to enfold, entangle.

  2. imply(Verb)

    to have as a necessary consequence

    The proposition that "all dogs are mammals" implies that my dog is a mammal

  3. imply(Verb)

    to suggest by logical inference

    When I state that your dog is brown, I am not implying that all dogs are brown

  4. imply(Verb)

    to hint; to insinuate; to suggest tacitly and avoid a direct statement

    What do you mean "we need to be more careful with hygiene"? Are you implying that I don't wash my hands?

  5. Origin: From emplier, from implicare, from in + plicare

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imply(verb)

    to infold or involve; to wrap up

  2. Imply(verb)

    to involve in substance or essence, or by fair inference, or by construction of law, when not include virtually; as, war implies fighting

  3. Imply(verb)

    to refer, ascribe, or attribute

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'imply' in Verbs Frequency: #366

Translations for imply

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to suggest or hint without actually stating

Are you implying that I am a liar?

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