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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According to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday, Caro Quintero is implicated in the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Enrique Camarena Salazar, CNN reports. Time Staff, Time, "The FBI Has Announced a $20 Million Reward for a Fugitive Mexican Drug Lord," 13 Apr. 2018 But the feds' torpedoing doesn't end there as two more high-ranking union officials have been implicated in the multimillion-dollar scandal involving collusion between auto executives and UAW officials. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: UAW official blew $6,900 at steakhouse with FCA workers' money," 21 Mar. 2018 Several other now-former FCA and UAW officials have also been implicated. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of UAW VP Holiefield gets 18 months in federal corruption case," 13 July 2018 Previous studies have implicated high blood pressure as a possible risk factor for dementia, including Alzheimer’s dementia, but there are few studies exploring how blood pressure, particularly among older people, affects tissues in the brain. Alice Park, Time, "This Surprising Factor May Raise Your Risk of Alzheimer’s," 11 July 2018 Members of the group have been implicated in the deaths of Americans and thousands of Iranians, primarily in the 1980s when the neo-Marxist group was allied with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the war between Baghdad and Tehran. chicagotribune.com, "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney," 10 July 2018 After the Wildcats won the 1951 NCAA championship, several of the team’s players — not including Mr. Ramsey — were implicated in a betting scandal. Washington Post, "Frank Ramsey, NBA Hall of Famer and versatile ‘sixth man,’ dies at 86," 10 July 2018 Other employees were implicated in the Jones Day law firm’s investigation and report, but were not named. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Temple business dean forced out over falsified MBA data used in rankings," 9 July 2018 Increasing illicit use of the drug is being implicated in more and more deadly overdoses, either on its own or in conjunction with other drugs. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'Bodies can't take it': Fentanyl involved in nearly half of drug overdose deaths," 2 July 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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