infer

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. gather, reason, deduce, conclude, opine; presume; construe. See reasoning.
II
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To reach a conclusion]
Syn. conclude, deduce, gather, judge, come to the conclusion that, draw the inference that, induce, conjecture, arrive at, reason, construe, understand, assume, reckon, read between the lines; see also assume 1 , reason 2 , understand 1 .
2. [To assume]
Syn. suppose, presume, presuppose; see assume 1 .
3. [To imply]
Syn. insinuate, suggest, indicate, mean to say*; see hint 1 .
Syn.- infer suggests the arriving at a decision or opinion by reasoning from known facts or evidence [ from your smile, I infer that you're pleased ] ; deduce , in strict discrimination, implies inference from a general principle by logical reasoning [ the method was deduced from earlier experiments ] ; conclude strictly implies an inference that is the final logical result in a process of reasoning [ I must, therefore, conclude that you are wrong ] ; judge stresses the careful checking and weighing of premises, etc. in arriving at a conclusion; gather is an informal substitute for infer or conclude [ I gather that you don't care ]
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
[in FUR]
to deduce or come to a conclusion, to suppose something from a set of facts.
The police infer that a lack ofeye contact may point to a guilty conscience.
SYN.: deduce, conclude, gather, suppose, assume, presume, *put two and two together, figure, arrive at, guess, surmise, reckon, judge.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To arrive at (a conclusion) from evidence or reasoning: conclude, deduce, deduct, draw, gather, judge, understand. See REASON. 2. To draw an inference on the basis of inconclusive evidence or insufficient information: conjecture, guess, speculate, suppose, surmise. See OPINION.

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  • infer — infer, imply 1. The only point noted by Fowler (1926) was that the inflected forms of infer are inferred and inferring, and this is thankfully still true (but note inferable or inferrable, with one r or two, and inference with only one r). Fowler …   Modern English usage

  • Infer — In*fer , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inferred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inferring}.] [L. inferre to bring into, bring forward, occasion, infer; pref. in in + ferre to carry, bring: cf. F. inf[ e]rer. See 1 st {Bear}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To bring on; to induce;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • infer — [in fʉr′] vt. inferred, inferring [L inferre, to bring or carry in, infer < in , in + ferre, to carry, BEAR1] 1. Obs. to bring on or about; cause; induce 2. to conclude or decide from something known or assumed; derive by reasoning; draw as a… …   English World dictionary

  • infer — infer, deduce, conclude, judge, gather are comparable when they mean to arrive at by reasoning from evidence or from premises. All except gather are so clearly differentiated in logical use that these distinctions tend to be retained in general… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • infer — ► VERB (inferred, inferring) ▪ deduce from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements. DERIVATIVES inferable (also inferrable) adjective. USAGE On the use of imply and infer, see the note at …   English terms dictionary

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  • infer — [v] conclude arrive at, ascertain, assume, believe, collect, conjecture, construe, deduce, derive, draw, draw inference, figure, figure out, gather, glean, guess, induce, interpret, intuit, judge, presume, presuppose, reach conclusion, read… …   New thesaurus

  • infer — verb (inferred; inferring) Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French inferer, from Latin inferre, literally, to carry or bring into, from in + ferre to carry more at bear Date: 1528 transitive verb 1. to derive as a conclusion from facts… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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