Definitions for: Imply


[v] express or state indirectly
[v] suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
[v] have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
[v] have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail; "This decision involves many changes"
[v] suggest that someone is guilty



Webster (1913) Definition: Im*ply", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Implied; p. pr. & vb. n.
Implying.] [From the same source as employ. See Employ,
Ply, and cf. Implicate, Apply.]
1. To infold or involve; to wrap up. [Obs.] ``His head in
curls implied.'' --Chapman.

2. To involve in substance or essence, or by fair inference,
or by construction of law, when not include virtually; as,
war implies fighting.

Where a mulicious act is proved, a mulicious
intention is implied. --Bp.
Sherlock.

When a man employs a laborer to work for him, . . .
the act of hiring implies an obligation and a
promise that he shall pay him a reasonable reward
for his services. --Blackstone.

3. To refer, ascribe, or attribute. [Obs.]

Whence might this distaste arise?

If [from] neither your perverse and peevish will. To
which I most imply it. --J. Webster.

Syn: To involve; include; comprise; import; mean; denote;
signify; betoken. See Involve.

Synonyms: connote, entail, incriminate, inculpate, involve, mean

See Also: ask, call for, carry, demand, evince, evoke, express, intimate, necessitate, need, paint a picture, postulate, predicate, presuppose, require, show, suggest, suggest, take

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