Im·ply v. t. [imp. & p. p. Implied p. pr. & vb. n. Implying.]
1. To infold or involve; to wrap up. [Obs.] “His head in curls implied.”
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. 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.
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.
v 1: express or state indirectly [syn: 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,
4: suggest that someone is guilty [syn: incriminate, inculpate]
5: have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail; "This
decision involves many changes" [syn: involve]