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infer

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of infer

  1. 1 to form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and information he inferred that she had left because her coat was gone Synonyms of infer conclude, decide, deduce, derive, extrapolate, gather, judge, make out, reason, understand Words Related to infer assume, suppose; conjecture, guess, speculate, surmise; construe, interpret, read; contemplate, philosophize, rationalize, think; ascertain, dope (out), find out Phrases draw a conclusion

  2. 2 to convey an idea indirectly the results infer that there might be a problem with one piece of the equipment Synonyms of infer allude, imply, indicate, hint, insinuate, intimate, suggestWords Related to infer advert, mention, point, refer, signal, signalize, signify; smack (of), smell (of)Near Antonyms of infer announce, declare, proclaim; elucidate, explain, spell out; delineate, describe

Synonym Discussion of infer

infer, deduce, conclude, judge, gather mean to arrive at a mental conclusion. infer implies arriving at a conclusion by reasoning from evidence; if the evidence is slight, the term comes close to surmise.
    • from that remark, I inferred that they knew each other
deduce often adds to infer the special implication of drawing a particular inference from a generalization.
    • denied we could deduce anything important from human mortality
conclude implies arriving at a necessary inference at the end of a chain of reasoning.
    • concluded that only the accused could be guilty
judge stresses a weighing of the evidence on which a conclusion is based.
    • judge people by their actions
gather suggests an intuitive forming of a conclusion from implications.
    • gathered their desire to be alone without a word

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