accuse

verb
ac·cuse | \ə-ˈkyüz \
accused; accusing

Definition of accuse 

transitive verb

1 : to charge with a fault or offense : blame He accused her of being disloyal.

2 : to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process He was accused of murder.

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Other Words from accuse

accuser \ə-ˈkyü-zər \ noun

Examples of accuse in a Sentence

she was accused of lying on the employment application

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She was accused of stealing from the nonprofit organization. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Woman wanted for grand theft goes missing after her husband dies with lethal levels of Benadryl in his system," 14 July 2018 He was kidnapped from his family’s home by two white men after he was accused of whistling at a white woman as a prank. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "'Trayvon Martin before Trayvon Martin': 63 years after slaying, Emmett Till still visited daily at Alsip cemetery," 13 July 2018 The verdict, reached by the jury after about four hours of deliberations, was a rejection of Neberball’s testimony that he was falsely accused despite the presence of his DNA on the woman’s left breast. Marc Freeman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deputy convicted of attempted rape," 13 July 2018 Still, the agency was largely unknown to most Americans until it was accused of hacking the DNC and other Democrats in order to benefit Donald Trump's presidential campaign. NBC News, "What is the GRU? Mueller indicted the spy agency's operatives.," 13 July 2018 Basketball Ex-Knicks star Oakley arrested Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley was arrested Sunday in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort after he was accused of gambling fraud. BostonGlobe.com, "US Olympic Committee tabs Sarah Hirshland as its CEO," 13 July 2018 Bolutife Olorunda, 29, of Vancouver, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal assault after he was accused of acting erratically on a May 30 flight from Portland, Oregon, to Atlanta, the Associated Press reports. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Washington Man Forced to Pay Delta Airlines and Faces Jail After Causing Emergency Landing," 12 July 2018 It’s been accused of mismanagement, nepotism, bad service and, most recently, providing brown, smelly water. latimes.com, "Today: The Tussles in Brussels," 12 July 2018 While Trump went after Germany for its ties to Russia, he himself has been accused by critics of being too eager to improve relations with Moscow. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, Houston Chronicle, "Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value, assailing Germany," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of accuse

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for accuse

Middle English acusen, accusen, borrowed from Anglo-French accuser, acuser, borrowed from Latin accūsāre "to blame, censure, charge with a crime," from ad- ad- + -cūsāre, verbal derivative of causa "legal case, reason, cause" — more at cause entry 1

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

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accuse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of accuse

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

accuse

verb
ac·cuse | \ə-ˈkyüz \
accused; accusing

Kids Definition of accuse

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

Other Words from accuse

accuser noun

accuse

verb
ac·cuse
accused; accusing

Legal Definition of accuse 

transitive verb

: to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process — compare indict

intransitive verb

: to make or bring an accusation

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accuser noun

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