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
Recent Examples on the Web Also implicated is the hormone leptin, which is released by fat cells and is responsible for feelings of satiety. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Food Addictions Are Real Addictions—And More And More People Are Getting Hooked," 6 Nov. 2019 His testimony added to the growing collection of evidence implicating Trump in an apparent quid pro quo linking military aid or a White House visit for Ukraine to political investigations. Toluse Olorunnipa, Anchorage Daily News, "Competing messages over Trump impeachment inquiry reflect tensions in GOP," 30 Oct. 2019 If research implicates these infections, antiviral or antibacterial treatments may work for some patients, too. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The future of Alzheimer’s treatment can’t bank on just one drug," 24 Oct. 2019 During the trial, the officers testified about their crimes and implicated other cops who have not been charged. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Mosby lists 25 Baltimore police officers as discredited; prosecutors begin wiping out 790 convictions," 4 Oct. 2019 Williamson’s lawsuit in North Carolina does not involve federal law—only the laws of North Carolina are implicated. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The Technicality That Could Derail Zion Williamson's Lawsuit," 27 Sep. 2019 From shooting down a Mexican Army helicopter, killing six, to being implicated in a public hanging this summer, El Mencho protects his empire with impunity. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, "Who is El Mencho? Mexican cartel boss behind one-third of drugs in the U.S.," 26 Sep. 2019 Based on photos, satellite images, munitions remnants, and witness interviews, JIM has concluded that the hole, about half a meter deep, was caused by a bomb dropped from an airplane, implicating the Syrian government. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Scientists clash over paper that questions Syrian government’s role in sarin attack," 24 Sep. 2019 In addition, scientists should understand that disorders which strongly implicate fear and/or anxiety, such as PTSD, are not specific fear disorders; this has implications for how these disorders are understood, treated and prevented. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019

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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
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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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