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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)
  •   "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
  • The simple fact that he has a destination is enough for Lev. It's more than Lev has. Destination implies a future.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • implies = indirectly says there is
  • In the air there was only an edge of coolness to imply the coming winter.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • imply = suggest or indicate
  • But how can it face the one sin that implies all others?
    David Henry Hwang  --  M. Butterfly
  • implies = suggests
  • I don't mean to imply that women should stop having children; on the contrary, nature intended them to, and that's the way it should be.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • imply = suggest
  • 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)
  • He will have implied that his father was lost in the war. That he came home changed, too soaked in death and grief to live as an ordinary man.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • implied = said indirectly
  • I don't like what she's implying.
    Stephanie Perkins  --  Anna and the French Kiss
  • implying = suggesting (saying indirectly)
  • "Your maids?" he asked in a tone that implied I was an idiot.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • implied = said indirectly (said it without using such blunt words)
  • 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
  • What are you implying, Gershom?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • implying = suggesting (saying indirectly)
  • In his will Sam Westing implied (he did not state, he implied) that (1) he was murdered, (2) the murderer was one of the heirs, (3) he alone knew the name of the murderer, and (4) the name of the murderer was the answer to the game.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • implied = suggested
  • 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
  • Even the written instructions which Winston received, and which he invariably got rid of as soon as he had dealt with them, never stated or implied that an act of forgery was to be committed: always the reference was to slips, errors, misprints, or misquotations which it was necessary to put right in the interests of accuracy.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • implied = suggested
  • 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)
  • 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

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