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

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What’s left is the vague sense that Perrineau had been implicated in some drama, branded as someone who had done bad. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Aurora Perrineau Wanted to Be Known as an Actor. Instead, Her Name Got Dragged Into Scandal," 21 May 2019 The letter reflected anger among pilots at the original design of the new flight control software on the MAX that has been implicated in causing both crashes and the lack of information about it before the first crash. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "737 MAX crisis prompts Southwest pilots to question its all-Boeing fleet," 12 Apr. 2019 The researchers focused their efforts on the prefrontal cortex, temporal cortex, and cerebellum, as these regions have been implicated in susceptibility to ASD. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 There are also preventive drugs, including erenumab-aooe, a buzzy treatment the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved in May 2018 that blocks the activity of a molecule that is implicated in migraine attacks. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Myths People With Migraines Wish You’d Stop Believing," 23 Oct. 2018 This system has complex interactions with other neurotransmitters in the brain that have been implicated in the dysfunction associated with psychoses. Dr. Stephen Mcleod-bryant, miamiherald, "Psychosis often the effect of long-term, recreational marijuana use," 15 June 2018 Reuters described the groundbreaking report as the first time that soldiers and paramilitary police had been implicated in testimony from security personnel. James Griffiths, CNN, "Key witness allowed to testify in trial of Reuters journalists," 2 May 2018 The conflict worsened after MH17 was downed over Ukrainian soil, an act in which pro-Russian separatists have been implicated. Polly Mosendz, Newsweek, "What Klitschko’s Title Means to Ukrainians," 26 Apr. 2015 Human Rights Watch has said that Toloba’s ethnic militia known as Dan Na Ambassagou has been implicated in scores of deadly attacks over the past year. Baba Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Militia head refutes his group responsible for Mali massacre," 25 Mar. 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

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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