infer

When you infer something, you read between the lines. To infer is to make a well informed guess — if you see your mom’s bag on the table, you might infer that she’s home.

When you infer, you listen closely to someone and guess at things they mean but haven't actually said. It’s like guessing, but not making wild guesses. You're making deductions — guesses based on logic. Another kind of inferring is more scientific, like when a scientist has part of a dinosaur fossil and can infer what the rest of the dinosaur looked like. When you see the word infer, think "educated guess."

Definitions of infer
1

v conclude by reasoning; in logic

Synonyms:
deduce
Type of:
conclude, reason, reason out
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion

v reason by deduction; establish by deduction

Synonyms:
deduce, deduct, derive
Types:
extrapolate
gain knowledge of (an area not known or experienced) by extrapolating
surmise
infer from incomplete evidence
elicit
derive by reason
Type of:
conclude, reason, reason out
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion

v guess correctly; solve by guessing

Synonyms:
guess
Types:
tell
discern or comprehend
Type of:
figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out
find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

v draw from specific cases for more general cases

Synonyms:
extrapolate, generalise, generalize
Types:
overgeneralise, overgeneralize
draw too general a conclusion
universalise, universalize
make universal
Type of:
conclude, reason, reason out
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion

v believe to be the case

Synonyms:
understand
Type of:
believe
accept as true; take to be true

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