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imply

verb [T] uk   /ɪmˈplaɪ/ us  
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. 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.
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