June 11, 2017
infer (verb)
\in-FER\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to arrive at as a conclusion2 : guess, surmise3 : imply
How do you use it?
Mrs. Jefferson asked us what we could infer about the experiment based on our observations.
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Can you infer which word means about the same thing as "infer"?

"Infer," "deduce," "conclude," and "judge" mean to think about something in order to draw a conclusion. "Infer" implies arriving at a conclusion by reasoning from evidence. ("From their applause, I inferred that they enjoyed the show.") "Deduce" often adds the implication of drawing a conclusion from a generalization. ("We deduced from his appearance that he must be very neat.") "Conclude" implies coming to a conclusion at the end of a chain of reasoning. ("He concluded from his research that renovating the building is the best option.") "Judge" stresses a weighing of the evidence on which a conclusion is based. ("It is important to judge a book by its content, not its cover.")
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