accuse

verb
ac·​cuse | \ ə-ˈkyüz How to pronounce accuse (audio) \
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 How to pronounce accuser (audio) \ noun

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Examples of accuse in a Sentence

she was accused of lying on the employment application
Recent Examples on the Web The case had caused a national uproar in India, with one member of government calling for a public lynching of the accused. Fox News, "India police fatally shoot 4 suspects in veterinarian's gang-rape, murder," 6 Dec. 2019 The agency accused Whelan of receiving a flash drive containing state secrets. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "American “spy” denied Thanksgiving dinner in Russian prison," 6 Dec. 2019 The Garcias accused the bank in a lawsuit of trying to take away their business. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Fort Worth firm buys San Antonio food company at bankruptcy auction," 6 Dec. 2019 Bobbitt, 36, then accused the couple of withholding the money, with his attorneys filing a civil suit in August on his behalf in an attempt to get the remaining funds. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Boyfriend in GoFundMe Fraud Case Pleads Guilty and Is Expected to Serve 5 Years in Prison," 6 Dec. 2019 In November 2017, police accused him of using the app Letgo to meet people and steal from them on two different occasions. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "After more than a dozen dismissed charges, man arrested in string of armed robberies," 5 Dec. 2019 At the White House, press secretary Stephanie Grisham accused Pelosi of ignoring issues Americans care about to focus on removing Trump from office. Arkansas Online, "Democrats take big new step toward impeaching Trump," 5 Dec. 2019 Two women are accused of stealing decorations from graves in a Deer Park cemetery, authorities said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Women charged for stealing from graves at Deer Park cemetery, police say," 5 Dec. 2019 Democrats accused Windom of acting like a dictator and promoting anarchy. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama Bicentennial: 200 years of political scandals and scrapes," 4 Dec. 2019

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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

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The first known use of accuse was in the 13th century

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10 Dec 2019

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“Accuse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accuses. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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accuse

verb
How to pronounce accuse (audio)

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 How to pronounce accuse (audio) \
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

Other Words from accuse

accuser noun

History and Etymology for accuse

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

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