Definition of 'surmise'
Example sentences containing 'surmise'
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We can surmise that one of his commanders must have stumbled upon our plan. Man of Honour (2007) One can only surmise that it is something wayward. Times, Sunday Times (2014)And they correctly surmise that a President with other spending priorities seeks to take it away. Times, Sunday Times (2009) One can surmise their calculations. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)That a long ship has been overturned on the moor is as much as we may surmise of a beehive cell thrown up along the Tyne. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)He is, the staff quickly surmise, a pain in the neck. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It also, one might surmise, selects for suspicion. The Times Literary Supplement (2012) One can only surmise at the extent of their co-operation from the odd anecdote, and from influences scholars have detected in the texts themselves. The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge (2006)
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Translations for 'surmise'
British English: surmise VERB
If you surmise that something is true, you guess it from the available evidence, although you do not know for certain.
There's so little to go on, we can only surmise what happened.
British English: surmise NOUN
If you say that a particular conclusion is surmise, you mean that it is a guess based on the available evidence and you do not know for certain that it is true.
It is mere surmise that the painter had his poem in mind when doing this painting.
Definition of surmise from the Collins English Dictionary
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