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infer (verb) conclude.

When, on the basis of information available, or from what you know, you conclude something, or form an opinion, you infer. When you see smoke somewhere you infer that there must be a fire. That is, from the smoke that you see, you form the opinion that there must be a fire. When your friend observes that of A and B, A is good, you infer that in his opinion, B is not so good. You infer or conclude this from your friendís observation.

  • From the statistics submitted to the Parliament we can easily infer that unemployment is on the rise. This conclusion is further strengthened by the surveys conducted by the universities.
  • The prosecutionís inference that Ted was responsible for the crime because his gun was found at the scene of murder was not accepted by the judge. He ruled out this conclusion on the ground that the murderer might have stolen Tedís gun.
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