clearly, heavily, strongly

He subtly implied that race was an issue in the case.


The statement logically implies a certain conclusion.

generally, normally, usually
not necessarily

This does not necessarily imply that children achieve better results in private schools.

in no way

They believe that submission in no way implies inferiority.

falsely, wrongly

The article falsely implied that he was responsible for the accident.

seem to

The letter seems to imply that the president knew about the business deals.

intend to, mean to

I never meant to imply any criticism.

take sth to

This statement should not be taken to imply that the government is exonerated of all blame.

express or implied (law), real or implied

the express or implied terms of the contract

Imply is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑argument, ↑article, ↑finding, ↑metaphor, ↑name, ↑result, ↑tone, ↑word
Imply is used with these nouns as the object: ↑criticism, ↑endorsement, ↑existence, ↑recognition, ↑superiority

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