how to pronounce surmise


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the above transcription of surmise is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

surmise is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of surmise in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… might surmise that I'm in Wisconsin that …”

meanings of surmise


  1. Thought, imagination, or conjecture, which may be based upon feeble or scanty evidence; suspicion; guess.
  2. Reflection; thought; posit.


  1. To imagine or suspect; to conjecture; to posit with contestable premises.

surmise frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word surmise occurs in english on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics surmise can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that surmise can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

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