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Meaning of IMPLY

Pronunciation:  im'plI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  express or state indirectly
  2. [v]  suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
  3. [v]  have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
  4. [v]  have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail; "This decision involves many changes"
  5. [v]  suggest that someone is guilty

IMPLY is a 5 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: connote, entail, incriminate, inculpate, involve, mean
 See Also: ask, call for, carry, demand, evince, evoke, express, intimate, necessitate, need, paint a picture, postulate, predicate, presuppose, require, show, suggest, suggest, take



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im*ply"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Implied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Implying}.] [From the same source as employ. See {Employ},
{Ply}, and cf. {Implicate}, {Apply}.]
1. To infold or involve; to wrap up. [Obs.] ``His head in
   curls implied.'' --Chapman.

2. To involve in substance or essence, or by fair inference,
   or by construction of law, when not include virtually; as,
   war implies fighting.

         Where a mulicious act is proved, a mulicious
         intention is implied.                 --Bp.

         When a man employs a laborer to work for him, . . .
         the act of hiring implies an obligation and a
         promise that he shall pay him a reasonable reward
         for his services.                     --Blackstone.

3. To refer, ascribe, or attribute. [Obs.]

         Whence might this distaste arise?

         If [from] neither your perverse and peevish will. To
         which I most imply it.                --J. Webster.

Syn: To involve; include; comprise; import; mean; denote;
     signify; betoken. See {Involve}.

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