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.]


To infold or involve; to wrap up.

[Obs.] "His head in curls implied."



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. Sherlock.

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.


To refer, ascribe, or attribute.


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.


© Webster 1913.

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