[syn: imply, involve]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Imply \Im*ply"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Implied; p. pr. & vb. n.
Implying.] [From the same source as employ. See Employ,
Ply, and cf. Implicate, Apply.]
1. To infold or involve; to wrap up. [Obs.] "His head in
curls implied." --Chapman.
2. To involve in substance or essence, or by fair inference,
or by construction of law, when not include virtually; as,
war implies fighting.
Where a malicious act is proved, a malicious
intention is implied. --Bp.
When a man employs a laborer to work for him, . . .
the act of hiring implies an obligation and a
promise that he shall pay him a reasonable reward
for his services. --Blackstone.
3. To refer, ascribe, or attribute. [Obs.]
Whence might this distaste arise?
If [from] neither your perverse and peevish will.
To which I most imply it. --J. Webster.
Syn: To involve; include; comprise; import; mean; denote;
signify; betoken. See Involve.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: express or state indirectly [syn: imply, connote]
2: suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
3: have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that
we have to stop taking long showers" [syn: entail, imply,
4: suggest that someone is guilty [syn: incriminate, imply,
5: have as a necessary feature; "This decision involves many
changes" [syn: imply, involve]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
121 Moby Thesaurus words for "imply":
accuse, adumbrate, advert to, affect, allege, allegorize,
allude to, approve, argue, arraign, article, assume, attest,
be construed as, bespeak, betoken, bid fair, book, breathe, bring,
bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, bring to mind,
call for, charge, cite, complain, comprise, connote, contain,
demonstrate, denote, denounce, denunciate, display, drop a hint,
entail, evidence, evince, exhibit, express, fasten on, fasten upon,
finger, furnish evidence, give a hint, give indication of,
give prospect of, give the cue, glance at, go to show,
hang something on, hint, hint at, hold out hope, illustrate,
impeach, implicate, import, impute, include, indicate, indict,
infer, inform against, inform on, insinuate, intimate, involve,
lay charges, lead to, lodge a complaint, lodge a plaint,
make fair promise, make likely, manifest, mark, mean, mean to say,
pin on, point indirectly to, point to, prefer charges,
press charges, presume, presuppose, promise, prompt, put on report,
raise expectation, refer to, report, reproach, require, set forth,
show, show signs of, signal, signalize, signify, speak for itself,
speak volumes, spell, stand fair to, stand for, subsume, suggest,
suppose, symbolize, symptomatize, take, take for granted, take in,
take to task, task, taunt with, tax, tell, tend to show, twit
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
(=> or a thin right arrow) A binary Boolean function
and logical connective. A => B is a true implication unless
A is true and B is false. The truth table is
A B | A => B
F F | T
F T | T
T F | F
T T | T
It is surprising at first that A => B is always true if A is
false, but if X => Y then we would expect that (X & Z) => Y
for any Z.
If A is actually an expression X & Y then the implication is
called a syllogism.