tr.v. im·plied, im·ply·ing, im·plies
a. To express or state indirectly: She implied that she was in a hurry.
2. To involve by logical necessity; entail: Life implies growth and death.
[Middle English implien, from Old French emplier, to enfold, from Latin implicāre; see IMPLICATE.]
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