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.

Other Words from accuse

accuser \ ə-​ˈkyü-​zər How to pronounce accuse (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 records also accuse the 9-year-old of beating the 4-year-old with a broomstick and that there’s a history of abuse at the home. Tandra Smith |, al, 7 Feb. 2022 The neighbors accuse each other of not doing enough to deter people from crossing the Channel, and countries across the European Union have long argued over how to manage migration. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 29 Nov. 2021 Players accuse owners of service-time manipulation, a lean toward signing younger, cheaper players instead of accomplished veterans and, as Boras said, fielding noncompetitive teams. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2021 Two Republicans accuse Cohen of perjury and later make a criminal referral to the Justice Department, calling for an investigation into allegedly false statements. CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 The Guardians accuse Garcia of subjecting minority officers to disparate treatment and a hostile work environment. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 Much of the complaints accuse state government of usurping individuals’ rights, and Nazi comparisons have become more common in social media debates. Don Stacom,, 30 July 2021 British critics accuse the Europeans of being overly rigorous and legalistic in their interpretation of the protocol, and of being overzealous in the checks required. New York Times, 21 July 2021 The lawsuits filed to date accuse the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, and in some cases a local architect and engineer, of negligence for failing to address serious structural problems noted as far back as 2018. Maryclaire Dale And Curt Anderson, Chron, 7 July 2021 See More

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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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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


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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