To infer is to reach a conclusion based on what you know. You might infer that the person you are talking to is angry based on their tone of voice.

  • I inferred from the tone of his voice that he was angry.

  • She inferred from the way he was looking at her that he was angry.

Definition of inferring


To introduce (something) as a reasoned conclusion; to conclude by reasoning or deduction, as from premises or evidence.


To lead to (something) as a consequence; to imply. (Now often considered incorrect, especially with a person as subject.)


To cause, inflict (something) upon or to someone.


To introduce (a subject) in speaking, writing etc.; to bring in.


The act of one who infers something; the drawing of an inference.

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Example Sentences for inferring

  • 1

    Syllogistic reasoning cannot explain inferences involving multiple generality.

  • 2

    But the uttering of the testimony is not an inference.

  • 3

    Logic is the study of inference.

  • 4

    Read the footnote to understand the inference.

  • 5

    Does it depend on the direction of the inference

  • 6

    The inference is made clear to the reader.

  • 7

    The inference is that the colloquialism is Australian, which it is not.

  • 8

    The rule of inference is a disjunctive syllogism.

  • 9

    Any such inference would be a syllogistic mistake.

  • 10

    It should be simple and unmixed, with no hidden inferences.