Simple Definition of imply
: to express (something) in an indirect way : to suggest (something) without saying or showing it plainly
: to include or involve (something) as a natural or necessary part or result
Full Definition of imply
Usage Discussion of imply
Examples of imply in a sentence
Early reports implied that the judge's death was not an accident.
His words implied a threat.
War implies fighting and death.
Origin and Etymology of imply
Middle English emplien, from Anglo-French emplier to entangle — more at employ
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of imply
IMPLY Defined for Kids
Definition of imply for Students
: to express indirectly : suggest rather than say plainly <Your remark implies that I am wrong.>
Legal Definition of imply
1 : to recognize as existing by inference or necessary consequence especially on legal or equitable grounds <in ordinary circumstances…the law would imply that it was the duty of the hospital to use due care — Haase v. Starnes, 915 S.W.2d 675 (1996)>
2 : to make known indirectly
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