• WordNet 3.6
    • v imply express or state indirectly
    • v imply suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
    • v imply have as a logical consequence "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
    • v imply have as a necessary feature "This decision involves many changes"
    • v imply suggest that someone is guilty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Imply To infold or involve; to wrap up. "His head in curls implied ."
    • Imply 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 malicious act is proved, a malicious intention is implied .""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."
    • Imply To refer, ascribe, or attribute. "Whence might this distaste arise?""If [from] neither your perverse and peevish will.
      To which I most imply it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • imply To infold; inclose; inwrap.
    • imply To contain by implication; include virtually; involve; signify or import by fair inference or deduction; hence, to express indirectly; insinuate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Imply im-plī′ (Spens.) to enfold: to include in reality, to express indirectly: to mean: to signify
    • pr.p Imply imply′ing; pa.p. implied′
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  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.”
  • John D. Rockefeller
    “Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.”
  • Tony Martin
    Tony Martin
    “My mother's obsession with the good scissors always scared me a bit. It implied that somewhere in the house there lurked: the evil scissors.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “A library implies an act of faith.”
  • J. William Fulbright
    “The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Poetry implies the whole truth, philosophy expresses only a particle of it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the same source as employ. See Employ Ply, and cf. Implicate Apply


In literature:

The body is continually undergoing change, and vital action implies waste of tissues, as well as their growth.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Now what is here implied?
"Nature Mysticism" by J. Edward Mercer
Commerce was then more than we imply now by business or industry.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
The tubers resemble potatoes, but incline to pear-shape, as implied by the generic name.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
He admits that impressions necessarily imply that there is something that is impressed.
"What is Darwinism?" by Charles Hodge
Of course, this is not meant to imply that children have ceased to have any respect for their parents.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
This implies both brightness and illusion.
"Milton's Comus" by John Milton
This is specialization, and implies advance among animals as it does in civilization.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
These various metamorphoses would imply that transmigration was believed in by our forefathers.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
The acceptance of a wedding invitation by no means implies that the recipient is obliged to give a present.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens

In poetry:

"But grant Design,—we may imply
The job took toil aplenty;
Then why one sole designer, why
Not ten or twenty.
"Fool Faith" by Robert W Service
Ah Sin was his name;
And I shall not deny,
In regard to the same,
What that name might imply;
But his smile it was pensive and childlike,
As I frequent remarked to Bill Nye.
"Plain Language From Truthful James" by Francis Bret Harte
I was perplexed, so I sat down,
Beneath a shade tree's springtime sound
And this implied:
"Sir! whence come all these loving scenes,
This landscape to our eyes serene,
Sir! where am I?"
"Time—Eternity. The Saint's Departure." by Frank Barbour Coffin
Yet, not perverted, would my words imply
The impulse given by Heaven's great Artisan
Alike to man and worm, mere spring, whereby
The distant wheels of life, while time endures, roll on:
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Boring whispers what implying?
Do you murmur or complain?
Can't you tell me what you're seeking,
Calling me or Prophesying?
Oh for someone to explain
That dark language you are speaking!
"Night Piece" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Who is she, the poor Maniac, whose wildly-fix'd eyes
Seem a heart overcharged to express?
She weeps not, yet often and deeply she sighs,
She never complains, but her silence implies
The composure of settled distress.
"Mary - A Ballad" by Robert Southey

In news:

Such a diagnosis implies we're not rude until we "catch" rudeness from someone else.
The game was actually much closer than the score implied.
I don't mean to imply that I'm perfect, but my heart has always been in the right place.
Mark "the Cobrasnake" Hunter can pop up suddenly in front of unsuspecting partygoers and temporarily blind them with the flash from one of his Canon digital cameras, just as his nickname implies.
The finding also implies solar-wind contributes to water ice in lunar poles.
Doesn't It Imply Superiority .
Does Googles New Tagline Imply a Shift to Enterprise Apps.
The Israeli ambassador to Thailand said that the bombs used in all three countries had similarities implying a common source.
Traditional probabilistic mixture models such as Latent Dirichlet Allocation imply that data records (such as documents) are fully exchangeable.
I prefer it because it implies that conflicts are normal, they happen all the time, and we have to manage them.
"Devil Pups," as the name might imply, isn't your average summer camp.
I'm not implying you owe my interest group, but I hope you would at least listen.
In Hemet, a council flier implies law enforcement support, but the union endorsed two others.
Israel's defense minister said Iran has slowed the timetable for enriching enough uranium to build nuclear weapons, implying that Israel would have more time to decide whether to strike Iran's enrichment facilities.
Errant tweet implies the Secret Service hates Fox News.

In science:

In fact, since BVloc (IR, {mβ , T mβ }) is endowed with the topology induced by the metric d(·, ·) defined in (5.4), this implies that the points of jumps of {u∗γn , 0 < γn < γ0} will converge in Law to some points that by (2.47) are necessarily the (Si , i ∈ ZZ ), this will imply (2.52).
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: weak large deviations principle
Section 4.10].) Indeed, M1 < ∞ implies that the sequence (Wn )n is tight, so every subsequence has a subsubsequence converging in distribution to some W (that may depend on the subsubsequence), and these assumptions imply that this W has to satisfy the conditions in (iii).
Asymptotic normality of the $k$-core in random graphs
This implies that P and Q are coprime in both R[c] and R[d], which in turn implies that they are coprime in R[c, d].
Multiplicities of simple closed geodesics and hypersurfaces in Teichm\"uller space
Indeed this imply that if ν 6= 0 then Ψ is liftable if and only if it is a multiple of inv ◦ [−, −], while if ν = 0 it implies that Ψ2 is not liftable and hence again that inv ◦ [−, −] = −2Ψ1 is the only liftable cocycle in the span of Ψ1 and Ψ2 .
Infinitesimal deformations of restricted simple Lie algebras II
If γ = a + bλ, with a ∈ Z[ζ ] and b ∈ Z[ζ , ξ ], then the definition of ε implies that ψ ≡ a−q mod qλ, and since x ≡ 0 mod λ implies x ≡ 0 mod q for x ∈ Z[ζ ], it follows that ψ =q 1 and by Proposition 3 it follows that ψ is a q−th power.
A Cylcotomic Investigation of the Fermat - Catalan Equation