imply and infer - the difference
The Quick AnswerTo imply means to state indirectly.
To infer means to deduce.
ImplyThe verb to imply means to state indirectly (i.e., to include a suggestion in a message).
- His speech on transitioning to today's needs strongly implies that the typist pool will be made redundant.
- Would I like a pack of mints? What are you implying? I don't have bad breath, do I?
InferThe verb to infer means to deduce (i.e., to extract a suggestion from a message).
- The reader can easily infer that Sarah needs the money but is too proud to ask for charity.
- Am I right to infer you think my team removed the safety valve? Is that what you're implying?