English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'infer'

(verb) 
Definition
to conclude by reasoning from evidence
I inferred from what she said that you have not been well.
Synonyms
deduce
She hoped he hadn't deduced the reason for her visit.
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understand
I understand you've heard about David.
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gather
I gather his report is highly critical of the project.
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conclude
We concluded that he was telling the truth.
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presume
I presume you're here on business.
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conjecture
This may or may not be true; we are all conjecturing here.
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surmise
She surmised that they had discovered one of the illegal streets.
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read between the lines
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put two and two together

Usage note

The use of infer to mean imply is becoming more and more common in both speech and writing. There is nevertheless a useful distinction between the two which many people would be in favour of maintaining. To infer means `to deduce', and is used in the construction `to infer something from something': I inferred from what she said that she had not been well. To imply means `to suggest, to insinuate' and is normally followed by a clause: are you implying that I was responsible for the mistake?

Additional synonyms

in the sense of conclude
Definition
to decide by reasoning
We concluded that he was telling the truth.
Synonyms
in the sense of conjecture
Definition
to form (an opinion or conclusion) from incomplete evidence
This may or may not be true; we are all conjecturing here.
in the sense of gather
Definition
to learn from information given
I gather his report is highly critical of the project.
Synonyms
be informed,
be led to believe

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