- 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.
- 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: Middle English implien from Old French emplier from Classical Latin implicare, to involve, entangle from in-, inch(es) plush plicare, to fold: see ply
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transitive verb im·plied, im·ply·ing, im·plies
- To involve by logical necessity; entail: Life implies growth and death.
- To express or indicate indirectly: His tone implied disapproval. See Synonyms at suggest. See Usage Note at infer.
- Obsolete To entangle.
Origin: Middle English implien, from Old French emplier, to enfold, from Latin implicāre; see implicate.