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English definition of “imply”

imply

verb [T]     /ɪmˈplaɪ/
C2 to communicate an idea or feeling without saying it directly: [+ (that)] Are you implying (that) I'm fat? I'm not implying anything about your cooking, but could we eat out tonight? I detected an implied criticism of the way he was treated.Suggestions and proposals as sth implies C2 used to show that the name, etc. of something tells you something about it: Variable rate loans, as the name implies, have a variable interest rate. C2 formal to involve something or make it necessary: Socialism implies equality.Essential or necessary Grammar:Imply or infer?We imply something by what we say. We infer something from what somebody else says. The main difference between these two words is that a speaker can imply, but a listener can only infer.See more
(Definition of imply verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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