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Declare vs. Imply — What's the Difference?

Declare vs. Imply — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Declare and Imply

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Declare

Declare (2000) is a supernatural spy novel by American author Tim Powers. The novel presents a secret history of the Cold War, and earned several major fantasy fiction awards.

Imply

To express or state indirectly
She implied that she was in a hurry.

Declare

To make known formally or officially; proclaim
Declare that a fugitive has been captured.
Declare a mistrial.

Imply

To make evident indirectly
His fine clothes implied that he was wealthy. See Usage Note at infer.

Declare

To state emphatically or authoritatively; affirm
"He wrote another prayer declaring that his conscience was weighed down with guilt" (Leo Damrosch).
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Imply

To involve by logical necessity; entail
Life implies growth and death.

Declare

To reveal or make manifest; show
His smile declared his agreement.

Imply

To have as a necessary consequence
The proposition that "all dogs are mammals" implies that my dog is a mammal.

Declare

To make a full statement of (dutiable goods, for example).

Imply

To suggest by logical inference
When I state that your dog is brown, I am not implying that all dogs are brown.

Declare

To designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand in bridge.

Imply

To hint; to insinuate; to suggest tacitly and avoid a direct statement
What do you mean "we need to be more careful with hygiene"? Are you implying that I don't wash my hands?

Declare

To reveal (a combination of cards) to be added to one's score.

Imply

(archaic) to enfold, entangle.

Declare

To make a declaration.

Imply

To infold or involve; to wrap up.

Declare

To announce one's intention to run for public office
"My gratitude would keep me loyal to McCarthy even after Bobby Kennedy declared for president" (James Carroll).

Imply

To involve in substance or essence, or by fair inference, or by construction of law, when not include virtually; as, war implies fighting.
Where a malicious act is proved, a malicious intention is implied.
When a man employs a laborer to work for him, . . . the act of hiring implies an obligation and a promise that he shall pay him a reasonable reward for his services.

Declare

To proclaim one's support, opposition, choice, or opinion
"The party ... has changed, openly declaring for centralized federal power" (Ronald Reagan).

Imply

To refer, ascribe, or attribute.
Whence might this distaste arise?
If [from] neither your perverse and peevish will.To which I most imply it.

Declare

To make clear, explain, interpret.

Imply

Express or state indirectly

Declare

To assert or announce formally, officially, explicitly, or emphatically.
He declared him innocent.
Declare bankruptcy
Declare victory

Imply

Suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic

Declare

(card games) To show one's cards in order to score.

Imply

Have as a logical consequence;
The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers

Declare

For the captain of the batting side to announce the innings complete even though all batsmen have not been dismissed.

Imply

Suggest that someone is guilty

Declare

For a constituency in an election to officially announce the result
Houghton and Sunderland South was the first constituency to declare in the 2015 general election.

Imply

Have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail;
This decision involves many changes

Declare

(transitive) To inform government customs or taxation officials of goods one is importing or of income, expenses, or other circumstances affecting one's taxes.

Declare

(transitive) To make outstanding debts, e.g. taxes, payable.

Declare

To explicitly establish the existence of (a variable, function, etc.) without necessarily describing its content.
The counter "i" was declared as an integer.

Declare

To make clear; to free from obscurity.

Declare

To make known by language; to communicate or manifest explicitly and plainly in any way; to exhibit; to publish; to proclaim; to announce.
This day I have begot whom I declareMy only Son.
The heavens declare the glory of God.

Declare

To make declaration of; to assert; to affirm; to set forth; to avow; as, he declares the story to be false.
I the Lord . . . declare things that are right.

Declare

To make full statement of, as goods, etc., for the purpose of paying taxes, duties, etc.

Declare

To make a declaration, or an open and explicit avowal; to proclaim one's self; - often with for or against; as, victory declares against the allies.
Like fawning courtiers, for success they wait,And then come smiling, and declare for fate.

Declare

To state the plaintiff's cause of action at law in a legal form; as, the plaintiff declares in trespass.

Declare

State emphatically and authoritatively;
He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with

Declare

Announce publicly or officially;
The President declared war

Declare

State firmly;
He declared that he was innocent

Declare

Declare to be;
She was declared incompetent
Judge held that the defendant was innocent

Declare

Authorize payments of;
Declare dividends

Declare

Designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand

Declare

Make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official;
Do you have anything to declare?

Declare

Proclaim one's support, sympathy, or opinion for or against;
His wife declared at once for moving to the West Coast

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