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 The documents also implicate two other people, Ivan Acosta and Cristian Morales. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Body found and 4 more people charged in the kidnapping and killing of Kearns woman," 2 Apr. 2021 He was also said to have made secret recordings of senior prison officials that would implicate them in corruption. Julia Hollingsworth And Adam Renton, CNN, "From diplomat to detective, this man helped bring Asia's notorious 'Serpent' killer to justice," 13 Mar. 2021 The inquiries into the younger Biden are said not to implicate his father, but questions have been raised about how much the president knew. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Biden's brother reportedly connected to consulting company that tried to lobby Obama administration," 1 Feb. 2021 Three others were sentenced to lesser jail terms, but the Saudi court did not implicate Prince Mohammed or other senior Interior Ministry officials. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Jamal Khashoggi killing: White House declassifies report blaming Saudi Crown Prince for journalist's death," 27 Feb. 2021 Court records implicate four men in Baylock’s slaying, although there are only public charges filed for two, Jason Hinton, 25, and LeQuan Tolliver, 19, both of Chicago Heights, Illinois. Meredith Colias-pete, chicagotribune.com, "Woman charged in Lynwood man’s killing in Gary," 23 Feb. 2021 Racial authority in the world that killed George Floyd does not implicate the legacies of the plantation. James Brewer Stewart, Star Tribune, "For American racism, slavery was only the beginning," 6 Feb. 2021 The report, whose release is required by law, is expected to implicate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, King Salman's son and heir to the Saudi throne. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, "Biden speaks with Saudi king ahead of Khashoggi report's release," 25 Feb. 2021 The trial of an influential Olympic official was adjourned Monday before any evidence was presented of alleged forgery to implicate a political rival in Kuwait in a fake coup plot. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, "Trial of Olympic sheikh on forgery charge pushed back," 22 Feb. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implicate. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for implicate

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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