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

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 Maybe this will somehow eventually implicate the president — which seems the ultimate hope of Republicans — who, according to several reports, is not under investigation. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 The documents, supported by visual evidence, implicate commanders in atrocities for the first time since the coup. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 Some witnesses have since said they were pressured by police or prosecutors to implicate Carnes in White's death. CBS News, 12 Apr. 2022 The suit also alleges that Clinton and the DNC hacked the servers at Trump Tower, Trump's apartment and the White House to implicate Trump's campaign and destroy Trump's life and political career. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 There was enough evidence to implicate Sharee Miller and she was arrested. Joseph Diaz, ABC News, 11 Feb. 2022 The prosecutor in the case, Deputy District Attorney Matthew Torbenson, said the charge was added because one of Rockow's children made additional disclosures that implicate her directly in Brown-Rockow's death. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2022 During the first day of the two-day hearing, the inquest heard recordings in which a man appeared to implicate himself in Moriarty’s killing. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 The bank has managed to implicate itself in virtually every major banking scandal in the past year: the Archegos hedge fund implosion, the bankruptcy of Greensill Capital and more damaging bank leaks over unethical business deals. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Implicate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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.


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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