Imply etymology


English word imply comes from Latin plico, Latin indu, and later Old French emplier (To fill.)

Etymology of imply

Detailed word origin of imply

Dictionary entry Language Definition
plico Latin (lat) (transitive) I arrive (this meaning comes from sailors, for whom the folding of a ship’s sails meant arrival on land). (transitive) I fold, bend or flex; I roll up.
indu Latin (lat)
implicare Latin (lat)
emplier Old French (fro) To fill.
emploiier Old French (fro) (transitive) to fold (something) on itself. (transitive) to use; to make use of.
emplien Middle English (enm)
imply English (en) (archaic) to enfold, entangle.. (transitive, of a person or proposition) to hint; to insinuate; to suggest tacitly and avoid a direct statement. (transitive, of a person) to suggest by logical inference. (transitive, of a proposition) to have as a necessary consequence.

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