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implicate

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verb im·pli·cate \ˈim-plə-ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of implicate

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

Full Definition of implicate

im·pli·cat·edim·pli·cat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to involve as a consequence, corollary, or natural inference :  imply

  3. 2 archaic :  to fold or twist together :  entwine

  4. 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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