Adjective "imply" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Indicate the truth or existence of (something) by suggestion rather than explicit reference.
  1. with clause 'the report implies that two million jobs might be lost'
  2. 'He said: "They were clearly implying impropriety on my part."'
  3. 'Both claims are often implied in arguments, but rarely made explicit.'
  4. 'To say this is to imply that racism can simply be washed away, wished away or ignored.'
  5. 'He was implying that learning about something could somehow contaminate you; that knowledge could corrupt.'
  6. 'The rebirth implied by the concept of the Renaissance had reference to classical learning.'
  7. 'Of course, that one doesn't protest about a thing doesn't necessarily imply endorsement of it.'
  8. 'I have never said that we will win because that rather implies you know what voters are going to do.'
  9. 'This implied that there could be more than a single correct answer to the same question.'
  10. 'The relative absence of women in this public sphere automatically implies their lack of power.'
  11. 'The results also imply that statins could help treat rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases.'
  12. 'This objection presupposes that group differences imply essential conflicts of interest.'
  13. 'This may or may not be an error, but it does not necessarily imply a systemic failing.'
  14. 'Sitting on a fence does not imply a lack of commitment, it simply gives one the option on which side to get off.'
  15. 'Check the underside for signs of heavy scuffing as this could imply track use.'
  16. 'Caring about the consequences of events of which you disapproved does not imply support for those events.'
  17. 'Amassing more data does not necessarily imply the acquisition of better information.'
  18. 'High levels do not necessarily imply cancer, but indicate the need for a fuller investigation.'
  19. 'Excuse me for being slightly cynical, but going to a film doesn't necessarily imply a dose of culture.'
  20. 'Immunogenicity does not necessarily imply opsonising antibody production.'
  21. 'It was a kind gesture but one that would be unlikely today because it might imply culpability and lead to litigation.'

More definitions

1. to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated: His words implied a lack of faith.

2. (of words) to signify or mean.

3. to involve as a necessary circumstance: Speech implies a speaker.

4. Obsolete. to enfold.

More examples(as adjective)

"lobes can be imply for numbers."

"links can be imply between uglinesses."

"links can be imply between ages."

"cokers can be imply in bodies."

"people/places/organizations can be imply."

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Late Middle English: from Old French emplier, from Latin implicare, from in- ‘in’ + plicare ‘to fold’. The original sense was ‘entwine’; in the 16th and 17th centuries the word also meant ‘employ’. Compare with employ and implicate.