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verb [transitive]     imply pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleimplying
past tenseimplied
past participleimplied
  1. 1
    if one thing implies another thing, the other thing is likely to exist or be true
    imply (that):

    The increase in the inflation level implies that wages are rising too fast.

    as the/its name implies:

    An off-road vehicle, as its name implies, is designed for use where there are no roads.

  2. 2
    to suggest that you think something without saying it directly

    The doctor has stressed that her comments do not imply criticism of the study.

    imply (that):

    I didn’t mean to imply that you were interfering.

    See also infer


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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