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accuse

play
verb ac·cuse \ə-ˈkyüz\

Simple Definition of accuse

  • : to blame (someone) for something wrong or illegal : to say that someone is guilty of a fault or crime

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accuse

accused

accusing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to charge with a fault or offense :  blame

  3. 2 :  to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to bring an accusation

accuser

play \ə-ˈkyü-zər\ noun

accusingly

play \-ˈkyü-ziŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of accuse in a sentence

  1. <she was accused of lying on the employment application>



Origin and Etymology of accuse

Middle English, from Anglo-French accuser, from Latin accusare to call to account, from ad- + causa lawsuit


First Known Use: 14th century



ACCUSE Defined for Kids

accuse

play
verb ac·cuse \ə-ˈkyüz\

Definition of accuse for Students

accused

accusing

  1. :  to blame for something wrong or illegal <She accused him of stealing.>

accuser

noun



Law Dictionary

accuse

verb ac·cuse

Legal Definition of accuse

accused

accusing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process — compare indict
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make or bring an accusation

accuser

noun


Origin and Etymology of accuse

Latin accusare to find fault with, charge with a crime, from ad to, at + causa legal case, trial



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