indict

verb
in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio) \
indicted; indicting; indicts

Definition of indict

transitive verb

1 : to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a jury (such as a grand jury) in due form of law
2 : to charge with a fault or offense : criticize, accuse

Other Words from indict

indicter or indictor \ in-​ˈdī-​tər How to pronounce indict (audio) \ noun

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Examples of indict in a Sentence

A grand jury is expected to indict him for murder. the grand jury could indict the mayor for fraud and embezzlement
Recent Examples on the Web Grand jury declines to indict woman whose accusation led to Emmett Till lynching. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2022 The stalemate finally broke shortly after the season when a Texas grand jury opted not to indict Watson. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2022 And a grand jury is meeting Thursday to potentially indict Murdaugh on murder charges. Randi Kaye, CNN, 14 July 2022 According to three sources close to the investigation, the grand jury is expected to indict later this week on double murder charges and will announce the findings of the indictment shortly thereafter. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 12 July 2022 The Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office originally declined to prosecute the case, but later asked a grand jury to indict Hays after the third student agreed to testify and a fourth came forward. oregonlive, 28 June 2022 Prosecutors told a judge May 20 the grand jury had voted to indict the suspect but was continuing its investigation. CBS News, 2 June 2022 Prosecutors told a judge May 20 the grand jury had voted to indict Gendron but did not disclose charges, saying proceedings were ongoing. Carolyn Thompson, Chron, 1 June 2022 Prosecutors told a judge May 20 the grand jury had voted to indict Gendron but did not disclose charges, saying proceedings were ongoing. Carolyn Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indict

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for indict

alteration of earlier indite, from Middle English inditen, from Anglo-French enditer to write, point out, indict — more at indite

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13 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for indict

indict

verb
in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio) \
indicted; indicting

Kids Definition of indict

: to formally charge with an offense or crime

Other Words from indict

indictment \ -​ˈdīt-​mənt \ noun

indict

transitive verb
in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio) \

Legal Definition of indict

: to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a grand jury in due form of law — compare accuse, arraign, charge

History and Etymology for indict

alteration of earlier indite, from Anglo-French enditer, from Old French, to write down, ultimately from Latin indicere to proclaim, from in- toward + dicere to say

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