- Imply is defined as to suggest or express something indirectly or to involve something naturally.
- An example of imply is a man asking a woman out for coffee with friends.
- An example of imply is to hint to someone that their attitude is the reason for a specific problem.
transitive verbimplied, implying
- to have as a necessary part, condition, or effect; contain, include, or involve naturally or necessarily: drama implies conflict
- to indicate indirectly or by allusion; hint; suggest; intimate: an attitude implying boredom
- Obsolete to enfold; entangle
Origin of implyMiddle English implien ; from Old French emplier ; from Classical Latin implicare, to involve, entangle ; from in-, in + plicare, to fold: see ply
transitive verbim·plied, im·ply·ing, im·plies
- a. To express or state indirectly: She implied that she was in a hurry.
- To involve by logical necessity; entail: Life implies growth and death.
Origin of implyMiddle English implien, from Old French emplier, to enfold, from Latin implicāre; see implicate.
(third-person singular simple present implies, present participle implying, simple past and past participle implied)
- (archaic) to enfold, entangle.
- (of a proposition) to have as a necessary consequence
- The proposition that "all dogs are mammals" implies that my dog is a mammal
- (of a person) to suggest by logical inference
- When I state that your dog is brown, I am not implying that all dogs are brown
- (of a person or proposition) to hint; to insinuate; to suggest tacitly and avoid a direct statement
- What do you mean "we need to be more careful with hygiene"? Are you implying that I don't wash my hands?
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
From Old French emplier, from Latin implicare (“to infold, involve”), from in (“in”) + plicare (“to fold”)