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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sur·mise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surmised p. pr. & vb. n. Surmising.] To imagine without certain knowledge; to infer on slight grounds; to suppose, conjecture, or suspect; to guess.
 It wafted nearer yet, and then she knew
 That what before she but surmised, was true.   --Dryden.
    This change was not wrought by altering the form or position of the earth, as was surmised by a very learned man, but by dissolving it.   --Woodward.