implicate

verb
im·pli·cate | \ˈim-plə-ˌkāt \
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

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 indictment stands as special counsel Robert Mueller’s first allegation implicating the Russian government directly in criminal behavior meant to sway the presidential election. Eric Tucker, BostonGlobe.com, "Moscow accused of US election meddling in indictment," 13 July 2018 Cordon said she was attacked by a short, black man wearing a mask and all black clothing and implicated McCoy, a running back for the Buffalo Bills, in the attack. CBS News, "LeSean McCoy's ex-girlfriend suspected NFL star was involved in her attack, 911 call reveals," 13 July 2018 Authorities originally thought the murders of the Turkish men were the work of gangs in the German-Turkish community, but the aftermath of a 2011 bank robbery helped lead them to clues implicating the NSU. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "German court sentences woman nicknamed ‘Nazi bride’ to life in prison for role in racially motivated murders," 11 July 2018 Chances are, those charged will become more and more willing to cut a deal and implicate others the longer this plays out. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why Maryland Receiving FBI Subpoenas Should Worry Other College Programs, Basketball Players," 7 July 2018 Video surveillance was recovered from near Testerman’s home, which police said implicated McGuire in her death, leading detectives across the street to Slebzak’s home. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Judge had issued bench warrant for Rosedale man two weeks before police say he killed stepmother," 3 July 2018 People siphon off oil, transport it and resell it, employing and implicating large numbers of people in criminal networks in the process. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Mexico Is Suffering Its Bloodiest Year in Modern History. Here's Why," 28 June 2018 Amnesty said its evidence implicates Myanmar's military commander in chief, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, and 12 others in the commission of nine out of 11 types of crimes against humanity listed in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Verena Dobnik, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amnesty International: Myanmar military should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity," 27 June 2018 But what makes this exhibition so intriguing is not the sublime but a counter-sublime, turning us away from landscape and toward a melancholic message sounded within it, implicated by figures seen, human and animal: the Indian and the bison. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West’ Review: Where the Sublime Joins the Melancholy," 25 June 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 \
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 \
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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