implicate


im·pli·cate

transitive verb \ˈim-plə-ˌkāt\

: to show that someone or something is closely connected to or involved in something (such as a crime)

im·pli·cat·edim·pli·cat·ing

Full Definition of IMPLICATE

1
:  to involve as a consequence, corollary, or natural inference :  imply
2
archaic :  to fold or twist together :  entwine
3
a :  to bring into intimate or incriminating connection <evidence that implicates him in the bombing>
b :  to involve in the nature or operation of something

Examples of IMPLICATE

  1. His business partner was implicated in the theft.
  2. <the implicated vines did form a most restful garden bower>

Origin of IMPLICATE

Middle English, to convey by implication, from Medieval Latin implicatus, past participle of implicare, from Latin, to entwine, involve — more at employ
First Known Use: 15th century

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