Surmise Definition

sər-mīz
surmised, surmises, surmising
verb
surmised, surmises, surmising
To imagine or infer (something) without conclusive evidence; conjecture; guess.
Webster's New World
To say (something) as a guess or conjecture.
American Heritage
To make a guess or conjecture.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
wonderquestion
noun
surmises
An idea or opinion formed from evidence that is neither positive nor conclusive; conjecture; guess.
Webster's New World
The act or process of surmising; conjecture in general.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary
Antonyms:
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Other Word Forms of Surmise

Noun

Singular:
surmise
Plural:
surmises

Origin of Surmise

  • Middle English surmisen to accuse from Old French surmise feminine past participle of surmettre sur- sur- mettre to put (from Latin mittere)

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

  • From Old French surmis, past participle of surmetre, surmettre (“to accuse"), from sur- (“upon") + metre (“to put").

    From Wiktionary

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