Meaning of IMPLY in English


ə̇mˈplī transitive verb

( implied ; implied ; implying ; implies )

Etymology: Middle English emplien, implien, from Middle French emplier, from Latin implicare to infold, involve, implicate, engage — more at employ

1. obsolete : enfold , entwine , enwrap


a. : to indicate or call for recognition of as existent, present, or related not by express statement but by logical inference or association or necessary consequence

enrollment in the college implies willingness on the part of the student to comply with the requirements and regulations of the college — Bulletin of Mt. Saint Mary's College

the philosophy of nature which is implied in Chinese art — Lawrence Binyon

democracy implies a number of freedoms

emergency and crisis imply conflict — H.S.Langfeld

b. : to involve as a necessary concomitant (as by general or logical implication, by signification, or by very nature or essence)

two propositions may imply a third

war implies fighting

an acorn implies an oak

3. : to convey or communicate not by direct forthright statement but by allusion or reference likely to lead to natural inference : suggest or hint at

the girl's evasive answer and burning brow seemed to imply that her suitor had changed his mind — Edith Wharton

made me sick to hear him imply that somebody would make a report against him — Joseph Conrad

the tone of the book was implied by shrewd advertisements — J.D.Hart

Synonyms: see include , suggest

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