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Meaning of INFER

Pronunciation:  in'fur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  believe to be the case; "I understand you have no previous experience?"
  2. [v]  guess correctly; solve by guessing; "He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"
  3. [v]  reason by deduction; establish by deduction
  4. [v]  conclude by reasoning; in logic
  5. [v]  draw from specific cases for more general cases

INFER is a 5 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: deduce, deduce, deduct, derive, extrapolate, gather, generalise, generalize, guess, understand
 See Also: believe, carry back, conclude, conclude, elicit, extrapolate, figure out, lick, overgeneralise, overgeneralize, puzzle out, reason, reason, reason out, reason out, solve, surmise, tell, universalise, universalize, work, work out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.]
1. To bring on; to induce; to occasion. [Obs.] --Harvey.

2. To offer, as violence. [Obs.] --Spenser.

3. To bring forward, or employ as an argument; to adduce; to
   allege; to offer. [Obs.]

         Full well hath Clifford played the orator, Inferring
         arguments of mighty force.            --Shak.

4. To derive by deduction or by induction; to conclude or
   surmise from facts or premises; to accept or derive, as a
   consequence, conclusion, or probability; to imply; as, I
   inferred his determination from his silence.

         To infer is nothing but by virtue of one proposition
         laid down as true, to draw in another as true.

         Such opportunities always infer obligations.

5. To show; to manifest; to prove. [Obs.]

         The first part is not the proof of the second, but
         rather contrariwise, the second inferreth well the
         first.                                --Sir T. More.

         This doth infer the zeal I had to see him. --Shak.

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