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 Still, his new life in the McKinseysphere managed to implicate him in another scandal. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "The Weird, Extremely German Origins of the Wirecard Scandal," 21 Apr. 2021 Weidman said Hildebrant went so far as to fake an email in his name to implicate him. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "A developer accuses Sycamore Township trustee of bribery. Trustee sues for defamation and 'fake email.'," 20 Apr. 2021 Without sufficient evidence to implicate him in Smart’s disappearance and presumed death, authorities would only describe Flores as a suspect. Los Angeles Times, "Kristin Smart case: Images from the investigation and arrest of Paul Flores," 13 Apr. 2021 As if that weren't enough, Gaetz also tried to implicate Carlson in the ongoing investigation. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "It’s Hard To Choose The Weirdest Part Of The Matt Gaetz Scandal — But We’ll Try," 31 Mar. 2021 The notion that Chinese scientists would implicate one of the country’s most esteemed research facilities struck many as absurd. Washington Post, "WHO Wuhan report leaves question of coronavirus origins unresolved," 29 Mar. 2021 At a hearing before his trial, Dinardo testified that the police coerced him to implicate Murdoch in the crime. Abbott Kahler, Vulture, "How Sara Gruen Lost Her Life," 24 Mar. 2021 On the night of the riot, Republicans Matt Gaetz, who is now facing an investigation of his own, Paul Gosar, and Mo Brooks all speculated that the violence could have come from antifa organizers trying to implicate Trump supporters. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Half of Republicans believe false accounts of Capitol riot: Poll," 5 Apr. 2021 Johnson’s attorneys at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project had argued primarily that a key witness had been pressured to implicate Johnson. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore man forged a police memo to get out of prison on murder charge, judge rules in tossing his wrongful arrest suit," 16 Mar. 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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The first known use of implicate was in the 15th century

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30 Apr 2021

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“Implicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implicate. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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