implicate

verb im·pli·cate \ ˈim-plə-ˌkāt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of implicate

implicated; implicating
transitive verb
1 :to involve as a consequence, corollary, or natural inference :imply
2 archaic :to fold or twist together :entwine
3 a :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

  1. His business partner was implicated in the theft.

  2. the implicated vines did form a most restful garden bower

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Origin and Etymology of implicate

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

implicate Synonyms


IMPLICATE Defined for English Language Learners

implicate

verb

Definition of implicate for English Language Learners

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


IMPLICATE Defined for Kids

implicate

verb im·pli·cate \ ˈim-plə-ˌkāt \

Definition of implicate for Students

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

Law Dictionary

implicate

transitive verb im·pli·cate \ ˈim-plə-ˌkāt \

legal Definition of implicate

implicated; implicating
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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