- Infer is defined as to conclude from evidence or assumptions.
An example of infer is to assume that a child took the plate of cookies since he was the only one in the room when the cookies went missing.
infer definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete to bring on or about; cause; induce
- to conclude or decide from something known or assumed; derive by reasoning; draw as a conclusion
- to lead to as a conclusion; indicate
- to indicate indirectly; imply: in this sense, still sometimes regarded as a loose usage
Origin: Classical Latin inferre, to bring or carry in, infer ; from in-, in plush ferre, to carry, bear
infer definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb in·ferred, in·fer·ring, in·fers verb, transitive
- To conclude from evidence or premises.
- To reason from circumstance; surmise: We can infer that his motive in publishing the diary was less than honorable.
- To lead to as a consequence or conclusion: “Socrates argued that a statue inferred the existence of a sculptor” (Academy).
- To hint; imply.
Origin: Latin īnferre, to bring in, adduce : in-, in; see in-2 + ferre, to bear; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- in·ferˈa·ble adjective
- in·ferˈa·bly adverb
- in·ferˈrer noun