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- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪmˈplaɪ/
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- Rhymes: -aɪ
- Hyphenation: im‧ply
- (transitive, of a proposition) to have as a necessary consequence
- Correlation does not imply causation
- The proposition that "all dogs are mammals" implies that my dog is a mammal.
- (transitive, of a person) to suggest by logical inference
- When I state that your dog is brown, I am not implying that all dogs are brown.
- (transitive, of a person or proposition) to hint; to insinuate; to suggest tacitly and avoid a direct statement
- What do you mean "we need to be more careful with hygiene"? Are you implying that I don't wash my hands?
- (archaic) to enfold, entangle.
Conjugation of imply
- (to have as a necessary consequence): entail
- (to suggest tacitly): allude, hint, insinuate, suggest, (proscribed) infer
to have as a consequence
to suggest by a logical inference
to express suggestively rather than as a direct statement