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infer ≠ imply

–verb (used with object)

  1. to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence: They inferred his displeasure from his cool tone of voice.
  2. (of facts, circumstances, statements, etc.) to indicate or involve as a conclusion; lead to.
  3. to guess; speculate; surmise.
  4. to hint; imply; suggest.
  5. –verb (used without object)

  6. to draw a conclusion, as by reasoning.

–verb (used with object)

  1. to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated: His words implied a lack of faith.
  2. (of words) to signify or mean.
  3. to involve as a necessary circumstance: Speech implies a speaker.
  4. Obsolete. to enfold.


  1. Chris Hughes Chris Hughes 2007-06-18

    Am I to infer that you are implying something? If so, do your inferences have any further implications?

  2. Hugh Hugh 2007-06-18

    Yes! I am inferring that people who use words to make themselves sound smart, without knowing the definition of the words they use, are contributing to the rapid downfall of human civilization.

    I meant, “implying.”

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