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Definition a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence;
or: infer from incomplete evidence;
or: imagine to be the case or true or probable
  • He probably surmised that if he bided his time until August, the Teklanika would subside enough to be crossed.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
surmised = thought without really knowing
  • From the moment I telephoned news of the catastrophe to West Egg village, every surmise about him, and every practical question, was referred to me.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • surmise = guess based on incomplete knowledge
  • Never surmise I have not seen him with my very eyes, and often, on the field.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He merely surmises that there is some strain of dog in White Fang; but as he will tell you himself, he knows nothing about it.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • But we can use our imagination" we can look upon what he subsequently did and surmise.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • That's how we surmise it was discovered from the surface.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • What imagination would have been irreverent enough to surmise that the same scorching stigma was on them both!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • She hadn't written for ages; probably, I surmised, she had grown tired of being the mistress of a man sentenced to death.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • It was easy to make my further arrangements; for I was troubled with no inquiries — no surmises.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Few of the mourners knew them, a few others surmised who they were, but most had no idea.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • I didn't hear the front door open, so I surmised that she had retreated to the living MOM.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • It is thought better that his old housekeeper should give him Lady Dedlock's letter, the contents of which no one knows or can surmise.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Mr. Lorry was already out when he got back, and it was easy to surmise where the good old man was gone.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • "You like him," I surmised from the tone of his voice.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It was a sleepy little town, and she surmised that an event like this was probably the highlight of the year.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • Hallorann had flown enough to be able to surmise what had happened.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Friends, this long hour I wait on Fortune's eyes, And strain my senses in a hot surmise What passeth on that hill.
    Euripides  --  Medea
  • He surmised that the sound came from Eusabio's house, and that his friend was at home.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Sir Pitt instantly guessed the truth and surmised that Lord Steyne was the person whose life Rawdon wished to take.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • There is no plan B. "Seems pretty risky," Mack surmised.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack

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