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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According to an analysis of 47 commercial aircraft by Quartz, no model has been implicated in as many fatalities as quickly as the Max 8 since 1966. Washington Post, "Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis -- Your Questions Answered: QuickTake," 18 Sep. 2019 Juul products have not been implicated in the outbreak. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Juul gave presentations in schools to kids—and the FDA is fuming," 10 Sep. 2019 Dank Vapes has been implicated in some of the lung illness cases. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Is it safe to vape?," 9 Sep. 2019 These tangles have been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor-neuron disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Zeeya Merali, Scientific American, "First Ever Picture of a Black Hole Scoops $3-Million Prize," 5 Sep. 2019 In at least some of the cases, the use of a THC oil, such as butane hash oil, has been implicated. Michael Siegel, National Review, "CDC’s Bias Against E-Cigarettes Is Putting Kids’ Lives at Risk," 27 Aug. 2019 Efforts to reach his attorney for comment weren’t immediately available, but Fite has not been implicated with any crime in connection to Starling’s death. Carol Robinson, al, "Man pleads guilty to boating under the influence after Kelsey Starling death," 27 Aug. 2019 More recently, private equity has been implicated in a large number of retail store closings since 2016. CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren wants to put private equity firms "vampires" to the stake," 18 July 2019 In addition to the murder charges, Lyles has also been implicated as a person of interest in the murder of transgender woman Chynal Lindsey. Tara Edwards, refinery29.com, "Dallas Man Arrested For Murder Of Transgender Woman Muhlaysia Booker & Two Others," 15 June 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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