Infer - Imply

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There is a difference between infer and imply. These have very similar meanings - but in opposite directions. A writer implies; a reader infers.

In less academic English, we might say a writer hints instead of implies, or makes the implication that .... We might say that a reader reads between the lines instead of infers or makes the inference that ....

You may also want to see AWE's note on the spelling of the inflections of the verb 'to infer' at Consonant doubling.