What is a synonym of “imply”?

Some synonyms and near synonyms of the transitive verb imply are:

  • Entail
  • Hint (at)
  • Indicate
  • Insinuate
  • Intimate
  • Suggest

Infer is sometimes used as a synonym of imply. While some authorities see this as an acceptable use of infer, it’s mostly frowned upon. We recommend against using infer in this sense.