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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
    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

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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