American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To involve by logical necessity; entail: Life implies growth and death.
- v. To express or indicate indirectly: His tone implied disapproval. See Synonyms at suggest. See Usage Note at infer.
- v. Obsolete To entangle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To infold; inclose; inwrap.
- To contain by implication; include virtually; involve; signify or import by fair inference or deduction; hence, to express indirectly; insinuate.
- v. archaic to enfold, entangle.
- v. transitive to have as a necessary consequence
- v. transitive, of a person to suggest by logical inference
- v. transitive to hint; to insinuate; to suggest tacitly and avoid a direct statement
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To infold or involve; to wrap up.
- v. To involve in substance or essence, or by fair inference, or by construction of law, when not include virtually.
- v. obsolete To refer, ascribe, or attribute.
- v. suggest that someone is guilty
- v. have as a necessary feature
- v. express or state indirectly
- v. suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
- v. have as a logical consequence
- From Old French emplier, from Latin implicare ("to infold, involve"), from in ("in") + plicare ("to fold") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English implien, from Old French emplier, to enfold, from Latin implicāre; see implicate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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