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

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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 To learn to recognize cultish language isn’t to automatically indict it. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021 Mata was cleared of tampering charges after a grand jury decided not to indict him last year. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, 14 Apr. 2021 The then-officer was not charged after a grand jury declined to indict him., 28 May 2021 The White man fatally shot Brewer, who was 61, and walked free after a jury declined to indict him. Alexa Mills, Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Manhattan's top prosecutor has convened a grand jury that is expected to decide whether to indict former President Trump, should prosecutors present criminal charges in their probe of the Trump Organization, The Washington Post reports. Aj Willingham, CNN, 26 May 2021 Manhattan’s district attorney has convened a special grand jury that could decide to indict former President Donald Trump [WaPo]. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2021 Rhodes won’t face charges in the case after a grand jury declined to indict him after hearing evidence from prosecutors., 24 May 2021 The grand jury, which met in January, 2019, was tasked with determining whether to indict Colling on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Abe Streep, The New Yorker, 21 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of indict

chiefly US, law : to formally decide that someone should be put on trial for a crime


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
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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