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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

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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


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verb sur·mise \sər-ˈmīz\

Definition of surmise

surmised

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surmising

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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


SURMISE Defined for English Language Learners

surmise

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Definition of surmise for English Language Learners

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


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

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surmising

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



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