verb (used with object), inferred, inferring.
to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence:
They inferred his displeasure from his cool tone of voice.
(of facts, circumstances, statements, etc.) to indicate or involve as a conclusion; lead to.
to guess; speculate; surmise.
to hint; imply; suggest.
verb (used without object), inferred, inferring.
to draw a conclusion, as by reasoning.
verb (when transitive, may take a clause as object) -fers, -ferring, -ferred
to conclude (a state of affairs, supposition, etc) by reasoning from evidence; deduce
(transitive) to have or lead to as a necessary or logical consequence; indicate
(transitive) to hint or imply
1520s, from Latin inferre “bring into, carry in; deduce, infer, conclude, draw an inference; bring against,” from in- “in” (see in- (2)) + ferre “carry, bear,” from PIE *bher- (1) “to bear, to carry, to take” (cf. Sanskrit bharati “carries;” Avestan baraiti “carries;” Old Persian barantiy “they carry;” Armenian berem “I carry;” Greek pherein “to carry;” Old Irish beru/berim “I catch, I bring forth;” Gothic bairan “to carry;” Old English and Old High German beran, Old Norse bera “barrow;” Old Church Slavonic birati “to take;” Russian brat’ “to take,” bremya “a burden”). Sense of “draw a conclusion” is first attested 1520s.
[in-fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl] /ɪnˈfɜr tl or, esp. British, -taɪl/ adjective 1. not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren: infertile soil. /ɪnˈfɜːtaɪl/ adjective 1. not capable of producing offspring; sterile 2. (of land) not productive; barren adj. 1590s, from French infertile (late 15c.), from Late Latin infertilis “unfruitful,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) […]
[in-fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl] /ɪnˈfɜr tl or, esp. British, -taɪl/ adjective 1. not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren: infertile soil. /ɪnˈfɜːtaɪl/ adjective 1. not capable of producing offspring; sterile 2. (of land) not productive; barren n. c.1600, from Late Latin infertilitatem (nominative infertilitas), from infertilis (see infertile). adj. 1590s, from French infertile (late 15c.), from […]
[in-fest] /ɪnˈfɛst/ verb (used with object) 1. to live in or overrun to an unwanted degree or in a troublesome manner, especially as predatory animals or vermin do: Sharks infested the coastline. 2. to be numerous in, as anything undesirable or troublesome: the cares that infest the day. 3. Archaic. to harass. /ɪnˈfɛst/ verb (transitive) […]
[in-fe-stey-shuh n] /ˌɪn fɛˈsteɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act of ; state of being . 2. a harassing or troublesome invasion: an infestation of ants. n. early 15c., from Late Latin infestationem (nominative infestatio) “a troubling, disturbing, molesting,” noun of action from past participle stem of infestare (see infest).