Definition of "infer" []

  • To conclude from evidence or premises. (verb-transitive)
  • To reason from circumstance; surmise: We can infer that his motive in publishing the diary was less than honorable. (verb-transitive)
  • To lead to as a consequence or conclusion: "Socrates argued that a statue inferred the existence of a sculptor” ( Academy). (verb-transitive)
  • To hint; imply. (verb-transitive)
  • To draw inferences. (verb-intransitive)
  • To conclude (a state of affairs, supposition, etc) by reasoning from evidence; deduce (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To have or lead to as a necessary or logical consequence; indicate (verb)
  • To hint or imply (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "infer" in a sentence
  • "Who decides whether it's acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition or to use the word "infer" as a synonym for "imply"?"
  • "As one might infer from the title, the US President is involved."
  • "It is simpleminded to infer from the rate at which intermarriage was increasing in one decade and the rate it was increasing in the subsequent decade that a fall off must reflect an unfavorable “trend” with respect to progress toward greater interracial harmony."