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surmise

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noun sur·mise \sər-ˈmīz, ˈsər-ˌ\

Definition of surmise

  1. :  a thought or idea based on scanty evidence :  conjecture



Examples of surmise in a sentence

  1. <my surmise is that the couple's good news is the announcement that they are going to have a baby>



Origin and Etymology of surmise

Middle English, allegation, charge, from Anglo-French, from feminine of surmis, past participle of surmettre to place on, suppose, accuse, from Medieval Latin supermittere, from Late Latin, to place on, from Latin super- + mittere to let go, send


First Known Use: 1569


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surmise

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transitive verb sur·mise \sər-ˈmīz\

Simple Definition of surmise

  • : to form an opinion about something without definitely knowing the truth

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of surmise

surmised

surmising

  1. :  to form a notion of from scanty evidence :  imagine, infer

Examples of surmise in a sentence

  1. We can only surmise what happened.

  2. He must have surmised that I was not interested.



Origin and Etymology of surmise

Middle English, to allege, from surmise, noun


First Known Use: 1700


SURMISE Defined for Kids

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surmise

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noun sur·mise \sər-ˈmīz\

Definition of surmise for Students

  1. :  a thought or idea based on very little evidence :  guess




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surmise

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verb sur·mise

Definition of surmise for Students

surmised

surmising

  1. :  to form an idea on very little evidence :  guess





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