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imply

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of imply

  1. to convey an idea indirectly they may have implied that they'd help, but they didn't actually say so Synonyms of imply allude, hint, indicate, infer, insinuate, intimate, suggestWords Related to imply advert, mention, point, refer, signal, signalize, signify; smack (of), smell (of)Near Antonyms of imply announce, declare, proclaim; elucidate, explain, spell out; delineate, describe

Synonym Discussion of imply

suggest, imply, hint, intimate, insinuate mean to convey an idea indirectly. suggest may stress putting into the mind by association of ideas, awakening of a desire, or initiating a train of thought.
    • a film title that suggests its subject matter
imply is close to suggest but may indicate a more definite or logical relation of the unexpressed idea to the expressed.
    • measures implying that bankruptcy was imminent
hint implies the use of slight or remote suggestion with a minimum of overt statement.
    • hinted that she might get the job
intimate stresses delicacy of suggestion without connoting any lack of candor.
    • intimates that there is more to the situation than meets the eye
insinuate applies to the conveying of a usually unpleasant idea in a sly underhanded manner.
    • insinuated that there were shady dealings


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