imply, insinuate

imply, insinuate
To imply is to indicate without actual statement something that is to be inferred (See imply, infer). TO insinuate is to hint slyly or subtly, to instill an idea by tricky, subtle, or underhanded means. Insinuate also means "to enter or introduce by devious ways." "Sis insinuated herself into the group over the protests of some members." "This is propaganda insinuated into the unsuspecting minds of citizens." "Did the speaker intend to imply that we have insinuated in people's minds doubt about the real purpose of his actions?"

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  • insinuate — [v1] hint, suggest allude, ascribe, connote, imply, impute, indicate, intimate, mention, propose, purport, refer, signify; concepts 49,75 Ant. conceal, hide, withhold insinuate [v2] force one’s way into curry favor*, edge in, fill in, foist, get… …   New thesaurus

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  • insinuate — 1 introduce, insert, interject, interpolate, intercalate, interpose Analogous words: infuse, inoculate, imbue, leaven: instill, inculcate, *implant 2 intimate, hint, *suggest, imply Analogous words: allude, advert, *refer: impute, *ascribe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • imply — 1 involve, comprehend, include, embrace, subsume Analogous words: import, *mean, signify, denote: *contain, hold: convey, *carry, bear 2 *suggest, hint, intimate, insinuate Analogous words: connote, *denote: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • imply — [v] indicate, mean betoken, connote, denote, designate, entail, evidence, give a hint, hint, import, include, insinuate, intend, intimate, involve, mention, point to, presuppose, refer, signify, suggest; concepts 75,97,682 Ant. define, explicate …   New thesaurus

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