Meaning of “imply” in the English Dictionary


"imply" in English

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implyverb [ T ]

uk /ɪmˈplaɪ/ us /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.
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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(Definition of “imply” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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implyverb [ T ]

us /ɪmˈplɑɪ/

to suggest something without saying it directly, or to involve something as a necessary part or condition:

[ + (that) clause ] He implied (that) the error was mine.
Democracy implies free elections.

(Definition of “imply” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)