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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·fer v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inferred p. pr. & vb. n. Inferring.]
 1. To bring on; to induce; to occasion. [Obs.]
 2. To offer, as violence. [Obs.]
 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; 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.   --Locke.
    Such opportunities always infer obligations.   --Atterbury.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See infer

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: reason by deduction; establish by deduction [syn: deduce,
           deduct, derive]
      2: draw from specific cases for more general cases [syn: generalize,
          generalise, extrapolate]
      3: conclude by reasoning; in logic [syn: deduce]
      4: guess correctly; solve by guessing; "He guessed the right
         number of beans in the jar and won the prize" [syn: guess]
      5: believe to be the case; "I understand you have no previous
         experience?" [syn: understand]
      [also: inferring, inferred]