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verb [transitive] imply pronunciation in British English /ɪmˈplaɪ/
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

    The presence of stairs in the ruins implies an upper floor.

    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.

    The warning carried an implied threat.

    imply (that):

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

    See also infer


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