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implyverb [T]

uk   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 ​yourcooking, 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 ​rateloans, as the ​name implies, have a ​variableinterestrate.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 ​necessarypart or ​condition: [+ (that) clause] He implied (that) the ​error was mine. Democracy implies ​freeelections.
(Definition of imply from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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