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Definition to figure out or guess by reasoning

Word Mastery:  Infer is also sometimes used when most experts would say imply is the correct choice. You might want to remember the rule as Many would say that a person can imply something to someone else, but a person can only infer for themselves.
  • Which of the following facts can you infer from the first paragraph?
infer = figure out or guess by reasoning
  • The meaning of the word can be inferred based on context clues.
  • inferred = figured out (guessed by reasoning)
  • We can infer her intent from her actions.
  • infer = figure out (guess by reasoning)
  • Pandora considers which music you like and infers other music you might like. Netflix does something similar with TV shows and movies.
  • infers = guesses by reasoning
  • There was no physical act, no word spoken aloud, that they had not noticed, no train of thought that they had not been able to infer.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • infer = figure out by reasoning
  • But what was one to infer from it ....
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • infer = conclude or guess by reasoning
  • Secondly, that you are guilty of actions and works which infer a court with the devil, which have caused illness and death to fall upon many innocent children in this town.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • infer = suggest
  • ...she told him she wanted to become a photographer, like him. No: she wouldn't have told such a lie. That was only what he inferred. What she really said was that she wanted to learn how to make photographic prints from negatives.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • inferred = concluded by reasoning
  • With her knowledge of a train of circumstances hidden from all others, she could readily infer that, besides the legitimate action of his own conscience, a terrible machinery had been brought to bear, and was still operating, on Mr. Dimmesdale's well-being and repose.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infer = conclude
  • Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • infer = conclude by reasoning
  • "It is clearly inferred," replied the Prefect,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • inferred = concluded by reasoning
  • Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • inferred = guessed by reasoning
  • Thus, over the course of the morning, implications had slipped out and inferences had been made that Sofia had gone missing in Paris.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • inferences = things concluded or guessed by reasoning
  • Do I infer that you are willing to vouch for your niece's good character, Matthew Wood?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • infer = conclude (through reasoning)
  • Given this background, one could infer, if one did not know it already, the general structure of Oceanic society.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • infer = figure out by reasoning
  • But, in that early severity of the Puritan character, an inference of this kind could not so indubitably be drawn.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • inference = conclusion (reached by reasoning)
  • On the other hand, a penalty which, in our days, would infer a degree of mocking infamy and ridicule, might then be invested with almost as stern a dignity as the punishment of death itself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infer = suggest
  • When such personages could constitute a part of the spectacle, without risking the majesty, or reverence of rank and office, it was safely to be inferred that the infliction of a legal sentence would have an earnest and effectual meaning.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • inferred = concluded
  • Another suggestion to explain the systematic campaign against Rebecca, and inferentially against Francis, is the land war he fought with his neighbors, one of whom was a Putnam.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • inferentially = it seems (based on reasoning)
  • Knowing that his uncle did not die by violence, it may not have occurred to him, in the hurry of the crisis, that such an inference might be drawn.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables

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