Meaning of IMPLY in English



Pronunciation: im- ' pl ī

Function: transitive verb

Inflected Form: im · plied ; im · ply · ing

Etymology: Middle English emplien, from Anglo-French emplier to entangle ― more at EMPLOY

Date: 14th century

1 obsolete : ENFOLD , ENTWINE

2 : to involve or indicate by inference, association, or necessary consequence rather than by direct statement <rights imply obligations>

3 : to contain potentially

4 : to express indirectly <his silence implied consent>

synonyms see SUGGEST

usage see INFER

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.