What does imply mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imply, connoteverb

    express or state indirectly

  2. implyverb

    suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic

  3. entail, imply, meanverb

    have as a logical consequence

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

  4. incriminate, imply, inculpateverb

    suggest that someone is guilty

  5. imply, involveverb

    have as a necessary feature

    "This decision involves many changes"


  1. implyverb

    to enfold, entangle.

  2. implyverb

    to have as a necessary consequence

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

  3. implyverb

    to suggest by logical inference

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

  4. implyverb

    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. Etymology: From emplier, from implicare, from in + plicare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Implyverb

    Etymology: impliquer, French; implico, Latin.

    Whose courage stout,
    Striving to loose the knot that fast him ties,
    Himself in straighter bonds too rash implies. Fairy Queen.

    And Phœbus flying so most shameful sight,
    His blushing face in foggy cloud implies. Fairy Queen.

    That it was in use among the Greeks the word triclinium implieth. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    What follows next is no objection; for that implies a fault. Dryden.

    Bows the strength of brawny arms imply,
    Emblems of valour, and of victory. Dryden.


  1. imply

    To imply means to suggest or indicate something indirectly or subtly, without stating it explicitly. It can also refer to a logical relationship between two statements where if the first is true, the second must also be true. In general, implying involves conveying an idea or meaning that is not directly expressed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Implyverb

    to infold or involve; to wrap up

  2. Implyverb

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

  3. Implyverb

    to refer, ascribe, or attribute

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Imply

    im-plī′, v.t. (Spens.) to enfold: to include in reality, to express indirectly: to mean: to signify:—pr.p. imply′ing; pa.p. implied′.adv. Implī′edly. [O. Fr. empleier—L. implicāre.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for imply »

  1. limpy

  2. pilmy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imply in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imply in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of imply in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Schwarze:

    The bypass is not fixing their problem, it will often make them feel better because their leg doesn't hurt so much but to even imply that I am fixing this patient's disease is incorrect.

  2. Jodi Mindell:

    The study doesn't imply you shouldn't let your kids nap, there are only so many hours a day that you can sleep, but that doesn't mean that napping leads to poor sleep.

  3. Mizuho Securities USA Inc analysts:

    This would imply that LinkedIn will grow around 15 percent in 2017 and 10 percent in 2018.

  4. Cedric Leighton:

    The latter situation would draw a lot of questions because it would imply a greater role for the military on the Mexican border than is currently authorized.

  5. Carly Fiorina:

    I started out as a secretary. And as I made my way up in the business world, a male-dominated business world, I've had lots of men imply that, um -- I was unfit for decision-making because maybe I was having my period. So I'll say it, OK? when I started this campaign, I was asked on a national television show whether a woman's hormones prevented her from serving in the Oval Office.

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