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She wouldn’t make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
  to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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implied imply implies implying
Strongly Associated with:   implication
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  • She wouldn’t make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
  • She implied that she would vote with us.
  • Does the high value of gold imply inflation expectations?
  • "Surely you’re not implying ." said Mrs. Tickham.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses

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  • "Yeah, but you shouldn’t have implied it," Ezra responded.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • Because they imply very large consequences for human life.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I had been told that Frome was poor ... but I had not supposed him to be in such want as Harmon’s words implied
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome

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  • You seemed to me to imply that with me you might have been quite another man.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • [Miss Ratched:]  "No, Billy, I wasn’t implying anything."
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • He dared not do anything that would imply a stronger interest in a poor man’s adopted child than could be expected from the kindliness of the young Squire,
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • ...half expecting him to imply that Miss Warren’s attitude was pathological.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Each time they refused me, they implied clearly that I had probably come by these checks dishonestly and they wanted nothing to do with them or me.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • the elements of the comedy were implied in the scene,
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • In another moment, a forefinger might thrust to the sidewalk grille, implying...
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature ... stamps ... on all her productions, either to imply that they are temporary and finite, or that ...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • His tone implied something more than mere hopefulness or resolution.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Would he be as caring in person as the letter seemed to imply?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • Though everything she had said was absolutely true, when she looked at Pete again, his expression confirmed that Richard had already implied something different.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Embarrassing as those moments were for me, I would not wish to imply that I in any way blame Mr Farraday, who is in no sense an unkind person; he was, I am sure, merely enjoying the sort of bantering which...
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • he put out his hand, as if to imply that the conversation was closed.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • She spoke with the intention of making him see that, if his words implied a tentative allusion to her private affairs, she was prepared to meet and repudiate it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The aim of their debates she implied was Truth.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • And it would be improper and wrong of me to imply it all has to do with angels and prayer.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • The tone it was asked in implied that in having come back I had done something wrong—something not normal.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • I had my choice of everything from a plastic raincoat to full armor. I found the latter depressing because its presence implied that it might be needed.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • When he was plain "Mr. Dubois" and I was one of the kids who had to take his course he hardly seemed to see me — except once when he got me sore by implying that I had too much money and not enough sense.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • ...the dull, absent look on Fifi’s face implies more...
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • I guess technically it’s not really a desert island. That would imply very little flora or fauna, which is obviously not the case here.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • 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
  • Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • What could I say, how could I phrase it, without implying that it was his bomb that killed Prim?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He had seen what Ender was doing, but he had not understood the orientation that it implied.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • What does its [slavery’s] presence imply but the absence of all fear of God, all regard for man, on the part of the people of the United States?
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • 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
  • In the air there was only an edge of coolness to imply the coming winter.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • It implies a baseless identification of civilized man with disease and natural man with health and well-being;
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Then she flounced over to the dog, kissed it with ecstasy, and swept into the kitchen, implying that a dozen chefs awaited her orders there.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Willoughby was rare—his preference to remain behind the scenes implied the absence of vast personal conceit, a trait essential for two-penny despots.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I look at Nick but he shrugs, implying he doesn’t know what’s going on, either.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Destination implies a future.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Nico whispered, and that hurt too, what he was implying.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Implies building up to an explosion.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She added the last words quickly, catching herself in the middle of implying that Maxon would be my choice.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • "Why do I get the sense that you’re a lot better than you’re implying?"
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • "Are you implying that we don’t?"
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • "I wasn’t trying to imply I thought you were stupid, Neena.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • The last time I saw you, you asked me to be your bodyguard, and when I said no, you strongly implied that if I ever lost the Mark of Cain, you would kill me.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
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