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Definition to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
  • She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
  • She implied that she would vote with us.
  • implied = hinted or suggested (without saying it directly)
  • Does the high value of gold imply inflation expectations?
  • imply = suggest (say through logical consequence)
  • But how can it face the one sin that implies all others?
    David Henry Hwang  --  M. Butterfly
  • implies = suggests
  • I don't like what she's implying.
    Stephanie Perkins  --  Anna and the French Kiss
  • implying = suggesting (saying indirectly)
  • I mean, he used sexy and Duffy — implying I was fat and ugly — in the same sentence.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • implying = saying indirectly
  • Sometimes he came across his photographs, in textbooks or hanging on the walls of private offices or homes, and he was startled by their cold beauty, their technical precision—sometimes, even, by the hungry searching that their emptiness implied.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • implied = showed indirectly
  • After that I felt a certain shame for Gatsby — one gentleman to whom I telephoned implied that he had got what he deserved.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • implied = said indirectly (said it without using such blunt words)
  • What could I say, how could I phrase it, without implying that it was his bomb that killed Prim?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • implying = suggesting (saying indirectly)
  • If I am playing basketball in heaven, does that imply a physical location of a heaven containing physical basketballs?
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • imply = say indirectly (that there is)
  • Not without a sort of joy indeed he might have appreciated the brave opinion of him implied in his Captain's making such a confidant of him.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • implied = shown (indirectly as a logical consequence)
  • he put out his hand, as if to imply that the conversation was closed.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • imply = communicate the idea without saying it directly that
  • [Miss Ratched:]  "No, Billy, I wasn't implying anything."
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • implying = saying indirectly
  • I don't add, "And you can't come because you're too loud." But it's implied. He would both scare off prey and endanger me with his heavy tread.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • implied = said indirectly
  • You seemed to me to imply that with me you might have been quite another man.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll's House
  • imply = suggest
  • His tone implied something more than mere hopefulness or resolution.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • implied = suggested
  • In another moment, a forefinger might thrust to the sidewalk grille, implying...
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • implying = saying indirectly (by the gesture)
  • ...half expecting him to imply that Miss Warren's attitude was pathological.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • imply = suggest (say indirectly)
  • ...the dull, absent look on Fifi's face implies more...
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • implies = says indirectly
  • "You act like you don't believe I can do it."
    "I didn't say that."
    "You implied it."
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
implied = said indirectly

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