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IMPLY (implied)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does imply mean? 

IMPLY (verb)
  The verb IMPLY has 5 senses:

1. express or state indirectly
2. suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
3. have as a logical consequence
4. suggest that someone is guilty
5. have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail

  Familiarity information: IMPLY used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPLY (verb)


Sense 1imply [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Express or state indirectly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

connote; imply

Hypernyms (to "imply" is one way to...):

evince; express; show (give expression to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2imply [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "imply" is one way to...):

evince; express; show (give expression to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "imply"):

presuppose; suppose (require as a necessary antecedent or precondition)

intimate; suggest (imply as a possibility)

connote; predicate (involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3imply [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have as a logical consequence

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

entail; mean; imply

Context example:

The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers

Hypernyms (to "imply" is one way to...):

necessitate (cause to be a concomitant)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 4imply [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suggest that someone is guilty

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

incriminate; inculpate; imply

Hypernyms (to "imply" is one way to...):

evoke; paint a picture; suggest (call to mind)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 5imply [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

involve; imply

Context example:

This decision involves many changes

Hypernyms (to "imply" is one way to...):

ask; call for; demand; involve; necessitate; need; postulate; require; take (require as useful, just, or proper)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "imply"):

carry (be necessarily associated with or result in or involve)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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