surmise

surmise
UK [sə(r)ˈmaɪz] / US [sərˈmaɪz] verb [transitive]
Word forms "surmise":
present tense I/you/we/they surmise he/she/it surmises present participle surmising past tense surmised past participle surmised formal
to guess that something is true, when you do not have enough information to prove that it is true

He surmised that her flight was delayed.


Derived word:
surmise
UK / US noun countable/uncountable
Word forms "surmise":
singular surmise plural surmises

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  • Surmise — Sur*mise , n. [OF. surmise accusation, fr. surmettre, p. p. surmis, to impose, accuse; sur (see {Sur }) + mettre to put, set, L. mittere to send. See {Mission}.] 1. A thought, imagination, or conjecture, which is based upon feeble or scanty… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surmise — vb *conjecture, guess Analogous words: *infer, gather, judge, deduce, conclude: *think, conceive, fancy, imagine: *consider, regard, deem surmise n conjecture, guess (see under CONJECTURE vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • surmise — [n] guess, conclusion assumption, attempt, conjecture, deduction, guesstimate*, guesswork, hunch, hypothesis, idea, inference, notion, opinion, possibility, presumption, sneaking suspicion*, speculation, supposition, suspicion, theory, thought;… …   New thesaurus

  • surmise — [sər mīz′; ] for n., also [ sʉr′mīz΄] n. [ME surmyse < OFr surmise, accusation, fem. of surmis, pp. of surmettre, lit., to put upon, hence to accuse < sur (see SUR 1) + mettre, to put < L mittere, to send (see MISSION)] 1. an idea or… …   English World dictionary

  • Surmise — Sur*mise , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surmised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surmising}.] To imagine without certain knowledge; to infer on slight grounds; to suppose, conjecture, or suspect; to guess. [1913 Webster] It wafted nearer yet, and then she knew That… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surmise — I verb apprehend, assume, augurari, be of the opinion, believe, conceive, conclude, conjecture, count, deduce, deem, divine, esteem, fancy, feel, gather, guess, have an idea, hazard a guess, hypothesize, imagine, infer, judge, opine, posit,… …   Law dictionary

  • surmise — meaning ‘to infer doubtfully’ and (as a noun) ‘a conjecture or suspicion’, is spelt ise, not ize. See ize, ise …   Modern English usage

  • surmise — ► VERB ▪ suppose without having evidence. ► NOUN ▪ a supposition or guess. ORIGIN originally in the sense «allege formally»: from Old French, accused , from Latin supermittere put in afterwards …   English terms dictionary

  • surmise — [[t]sə(r)ma͟ɪz[/t]] surmises, surmising, surmised 1) VERB If you surmise that something is true, you guess it from the available evidence, although you do not know for certain. [FORMAL] [V wh] There s so little to go on, we can only surmise what… …   English dictionary

  • surmise — I n. (formal) conjecture a surmise that + clause (she expressed a surmise that the situation would improve) II v. (L) I surmised that the situation would improve * * * [sə maɪz] (L) I surmised that the situation would improve (formal) [… …   Combinatory dictionary

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