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INFER (inferred, inferring)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does infer mean? 

INFER (verb)
  The verb INFER has 5 senses:

1. reason by deduction; establish by deduction
2. draw from specific cases for more general cases
3. conclude by reasoning; in logic
4. guess correctly; solve by guessing
5. believe to be the case

  Familiarity information: INFER used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INFER (verb)


Sense 1infer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reason by deduction; establish by deduction

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

infer; derive; deduce; deduct

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

conclude; reason; reason out (decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion)

Domain category:

logic; logical system; system of logic (a system of reasoning)

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

extrapolate (gain knowledge of (an area not known or experienced) by extrapolating)

carry back (deduct a loss or an unused credit from taxable income for a prior period)

surmise (infer from incomplete evidence)

elicit (derive by reason)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2infer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw from specific cases for more general cases

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

extrapolate; generalize; generalise; infer

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

conclude; reason; reason out (decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion)

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

overgeneralise; overgeneralize (draw too general a conclusion)

universalise; universalize (make universal)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 3infer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conclude by reasoning; in logic

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

deduce; infer

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

conclude; reason; reason out (decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 4infer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Guess correctly; solve by guessing

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

guess; infer

Context example:

He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize

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

figure out; lick; puzzle out; solve; work; work out (find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of)

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

tell (discern or comprehend)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 5infer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Believe to be the case

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

understand; infer

Context example:

I understand you have no previous experience?

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

believe (accept as true; take to be true)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They infer that there was a traffic accident


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