implicate

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

Definition of implicate

transitive verb

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

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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 Among those implicated are eight Defense Ministry officers suspected of bribery and money laundering in relation to government contracts from 2005 to 2015 and 29 Interior Ministry officials. Washington Post, "World Digest: March 15, 2020," 15 Mar. 2020 The four federal indictments unsealed Monday implicate Servis and Navarro among 27 individuals in a scheme to manufacture, distribute and falsify the use of adulterated and misbranded PEDs. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Disqualified Derby winner Maximum Security's trainer indicted for racing drug scheme," 9 Mar. 2020 However, records show Jones is no longer implicated in that slaying. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Trial to begin for one of 4 men charged in the slaying of 13-year-old Shavon Randle," 24 Feb. 2020 According to the charging document, Anderson gave police various versions implicating others. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be a friend, teacher tells mourning students: 'That's how we keep Jamal's memory alive'," 14 Feb. 2020 February 15, 2019: The investigation takes a surprising turn Both Abel and Ola Osundairo agree to cooperate with police and, in doing so, implicate Smollett claiming that the actor orchestrated a fake attack. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "A Timeline Of Jussie Smollett’s Case: From Alleged Hate Crime To Grand Jury Charges," 12 Feb. 2020 Reagan appears to have jeopardized the Crypto operation after Libya was implicated in the 1986 bombing of a West Berlin disco popular with American troops stationed in West Germany. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Intelligence coup of the century’: How the CIA was able to read encrypted messages of allies and adversaries for decades," 11 Feb. 2020 When a 10-year-old boy is found murdered in small-town Georgia, evidence implicating Maitland in the crime is found and he is arrested. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "‘The Outsider’ | How to watch and live stream the new Stephen King series," 12 Jan. 2020 Mr Trump wanted Mr Zelensky to investigate the far-fetched idea that some faction in Ukraine might have worked to implicate Russia in meddling with America’s 2016 presidential election. The Economist, "The politics and history behind Donald Trump’s impeachment," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of implicate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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18 Mar 2020

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“Implicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implicate. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for implicate

implicate

verb
How to pronounce implicate (audio)

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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