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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: emplier, from Latin implicare; IMPLICATE

imply

verb
     
im‧ply W2 past tense and past participle implied, present participle implying, third person singular implies [transitive]
1 to suggest that something is true, without saying this directly [↪ infer, implication]
imply (that)
Cleo blushed. She had not meant to imply that he was lying.
an implied threat
2 if a fact, event etc implies something, it shows that it is likely to be true [= suggest]
imply (that)
The high level of radiation in the rocks implies that they are volcanic in origin.
3 if one thing implies another, it proves that the second thing exists:
Democracy implies a respect for individual liberties.
High profits do not necessarily imply efficiency.

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