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

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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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Finally, in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, fentanyl was implicated in 28.8 percent of deaths, followed by heroin (25.1), and cocaine (17.8). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Fentanyl Now Officially Causes the Most Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S.," 20 Dec. 2018 In 2016, Uruguayan lawyer Juan Pedro Damiani resigned as an ethics judge after being implicated in the Panama Papers corruption case. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "FIFA removes ethics judge from duty after arrest in Malaysia," 21 Nov. 2018 DerpTrolling was potentially implicated in taking down the Sony PlayStation network, and the plea statement apparently confirms this, naming Sony Online Entertainment as one of the companies affected. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The man behind a spree of gaming network cyberattacks has pleaded guilty," 7 Nov. 2018 Prigozhin is among a string of powerful Russian businessmen — sometimes referred to as oligarchs — who have been hit with sanctions or otherwise implicated in investigations into Russia's role in Trump's 2016 election. Angela Charlton And Matthew Bodner, Fox News, "Russian meddling abroad: Does Putin pull all the strings?," 15 Sep. 2018 Gaitonde's voiceover explains how Gandhi was among those who were later implicated on corruption charges relating to the purchase of guns for the Indian army from Swedish arms manufacturer Bofors, which caused a major political scandal. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Series Faces Legal Case Over Portrayal of Ex-India Prime Minister," 13 July 2018 He was banished from Michigan's campus for 10 years after being implicated in a NCAA investigation for accepting improper benefits from booster Ed Martin. Jenna West, SI.com, "Chris Webber Accepts Jim's Harbaugh's Invitation to Be Michigan's Honorary Football Captain," 23 June 2018 With every major party implicated in corruption, López Obrador’s supporters seem to care less about the practicality of his ideas than about his promises to fix a broken government. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "A New Revolution in Mexico," 25 June 2012 Dunyasha Yetts, the captain of the wrestling team for the 1993-1994 season, who was named in the NBC story, also implicated the congressman. Amy Harmon, New York Times, "Sexual Abuse Accusations at Ohio State Could Tar Powerful Republican," 3 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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