1

surmise

noun sur·mise \ sər-ˈmīz , ˈsər-ˌ \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of surmise

: 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

Recent Examples of surmise from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'surmise.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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


2

surmise

verb sur·mise \ sər-ˈmīz \

Definition of surmise

surmised; surmising
transitive verb
: 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.

Recent Examples of surmise from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'surmise.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of surmise

Middle English, to allege, from surmise, noun


SURMISE Defined for English Language Learners

surmise

verb

Definition of surmise for English Language Learners

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


SURMISE Defined for Kids

1

surmise

noun sur·mise \ sər-ˈmīz \

Definition of surmise for Students

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

2

surmise

verb

Definition of surmise for Students

surmised; surmising
: to form an idea on very little evidence : guess


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up surmise? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

allowing a liquid or gas to pass through

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!