Imply Definition

implied, implies, implying
implied, implies, implying
To have as a necessary part, condition, or effect; contain, include, or involve naturally or necessarily.
Drama implies conflict.
Webster's New World
To express or state indirectly.
She implied that she was in a hurry.
American Heritage
To indicate indirectly or by allusion; hint; suggest; intimate.
An attitude implying boredom.
Webster's New World
To involve by logical necessity; entail.
Life implies growth and death.
American Heritage
To enfold; entangle.
Webster's New World

Origin of Imply

  • From Old French emplier, from Latin implicare (“to infold, involve”), from in (“in”) + plicare (“to fold”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English implien from Old French emplier to enfold from Latin implicāre implicate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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