Definitions for inferɪnˈfɜr
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(v.t.)to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence.
to guess; speculate; surmise.
(of facts, circumstances, statements, etc.) to indicate or involve as a conclusion; lead to.
to hint; imply; suggest.
(v.i.)to draw a conclusion, as by reasoning.
* Usage: Many usage guides condemn infer when used to mean “to hint or suggest,” as in The next speaker rejected the proposal, inferring that it was made solely to embarrass the government, holding the position that the proper word for this meaning is imply, and that to use infer for it is to lose a valuable distinction. Many speakers and writers observe this claimed distinction scrupulously. Nevertheless, from its earliest appearance in English infer has had the sense given in definition 3 above, a meaning that overlaps with the second definition of imply when the subject is a condition, circumstance, or the like that leads inevitably to a certain conclusion or point.
Origin of infer:
1520–30; < ML inferre to imply, L: to bring in, advance =in-in-2+ferre to bring, carry, bear1
deduce, infer, deduct, derive(verb)
reason by deduction; establish by deduction
generalize, generalise, extrapolate, infer(verb)
draw from specific cases for more general cases
conclude by reasoning; in logic
guess correctly; solve by guessing
"He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"
believe to be the case
"I understand you have no previous experience?"
To introduce (a subject) in speaking, writing etc.; to bring in.
To introduce (something) as a reasoned conclusion; to conclude by reasoning or deduction, as from premises or evidence.
To draw a conclusion or inference by reasoning.
To lead to (something) as a consequence; to imply. (Now often considered incorrect, especially with a person as subject.)
Origin: From inferō.
to bring on; to induce; to occasion
to offer, as violence
to bring forward, or employ as an argument; to adduce; to allege; to offer
to derive by deduction or by induction; to conclude or surmise from facts or premises; to accept or derive, as a consequence, conclusion, or probability; to imply; as, I inferred his determination from his silence
to show; to manifest; to prove
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Translations for infer
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to judge (from facts or evidence)
I inferred from your silence that you were angry.
- يَسْتَدِل، يَسْتَنْتِجArabic
- inferirPortuguese (BR)
- συμπεραίνω, συνάγωGreek
- inferir, deducirSpanish
- برداشت کردنFarsi
- zaključivati, zaključitiCroatian
- padaryti išvadąLithuanian
- membuat kesimpulanMalay
- trekke slutninger, utledeNorwegian
- برداشت کردنPersian
- a deduceRomanian
- делать выводRussian
- sluta sig tillSwedish
- sonucuna varmakTurkish
- 推斷Chinese (Trad.)
- робити висновок (з чого)Ukrainian
- نتیجہ اخز کرناUrdu
- suy luậnVietnamese
- 推断Chinese (Simp.)
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