implicate

verb
im·​pli·​cate | \ ˈim-plə-ˌkāt How to pronounce implicate (audio) \
implicated; implicating

Definition of implicate

transitive verb

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

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Examples of implicate in a Sentence

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

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The military has also targeted the Rakhine ethnic group, though some ethnic Rakhine are also implicated in atrocities against the Rohingya. Jen Kirby, Vox, "New UN report documents evidence of mass atrocities in Myanmar against the Rohingya," 18 Sep. 2018 One is that higher levels of hormones such as estrogen in women may help prevent imbalances in neurotransmitters like dopamine and glutamate that are implicated in schizophrenia. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, Which Is Way Too Misunderstood," 15 Sep. 2018 Response to stress is not, however, the only thing in which micro-RNAs are implicated. The Economist, "The generation gameThe ramifications of a new type of gene," 22 Feb. 2018 No current faculty at Choate, whose graduates include Ivanka Trump and John F. Kennedy, are implicated and no current students are named. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Choate Rosemary Hall Acknowledges Decades of Sexual Abuse," 14 Apr. 2017 Pilot error accounts for the majority of runway incursions, but air traffic controllers and bad weather are similarly implicated. Joshua A. Krisch, Popular Mechanics, "Why Your Plane Is Safer in the Air Than It Is on the Ground," 15 Jan. 2014 But Tann was hesitant to share the name of his seller at the risk of implicating someone who was at least innocent until proven guilty. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 These flare-ups elicited apologies from the people implicated. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "In Charged Political Climate, Best Picture Oscar is About More than the Movie," 21 Feb. 2019 Rodriguez said that one suspect's confession implicates the Chilean Embassy, and several others have confessed to being trained across the border in Colombia. Fox News, "Venezuela says diplomats may be tied to assassination try," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of implicate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for implicate

Middle English, to convey by implication, from Medieval Latin implicatus, past participle of implicare, from Latin, to entwine, involve — more at employ

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implicate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of implicate

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

implicate

verb
im·​pli·​cate | \ ˈim-plə-ˌkāt How to pronounce implicate (audio) \
implicated; implicating

Kids Definition of implicate

: to show to be connected or involved He's been implicated in the crime.

implicate

transitive verb
im·​pli·​cate | \ ˈim-plə-ˌkāt How to pronounce implicate (audio) \
implicated; implicating

Legal Definition of implicate

1 : to involve as a consequence, corollary, or natural inference firing the federal employee because of her protest implicates the First Amendment
2 : to connect to a crime

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