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    Using the Right Word: imply, infer

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    Imply means "to suggest, hint, or communicate indirectly"; infer means "to deduce or conclude from." (Writers and speakers imply; readers and listeners infer.)

    I thought she was implying that I would receive a raise; apparently I inferred incorrectly.

    (From Write for Business, page 232, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 44)