The use of infer as a synonym for imply is becoming more common, but it’s not considered standard and will probably draw criticism. There’s a little trick that makes it easier to remember their uses. Their definitions are the key to this trick.
You can see their definitions are closely related and each contains the other word. The trick to remember is that imply is to give a hint and infer is to take a hint. The differences can be seen in these sentences:
My request for a raise should not imply that I am unhappy.
I infer from my manager’s praise that I deserve a raise.
The easiest way to remember the distinction between these two is that one person may imply what another person infers.
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