from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To involve by logical necessity; entail: Life implies growth and death.
  • transitive v. To express or indicate indirectly: His tone implied disapproval. See Synonyms at suggest. See Usage Note at infer.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To entangle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to enfold, entangle.
  • v. to have as a necessary consequence
  • v. to suggest by logical inference
  • v. to hint; to insinuate; to suggest tacitly and avoid a direct statement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To infold or involve; to wrap up.
  • transitive v. To involve in substance or essence, or by fair inference, or by construction of law, when not include virtually.
  • transitive v. To refer, ascribe, or attribute.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


Middle English implien, from Old French emplier, to enfold, from Latin implicāre; see implicate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French emplier, from Latin implicare ("to infold, involve"), from in ("in") + plicare ("to fold") (Wiktionary)



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