in·dict | \ in-ˈdīt \
indicted; indicting; indicts

Definition of indict 

transitive verb

1 : to charge with a fault or offense : criticize, accuse

2 : to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a jury (such as a grand jury) in due form of law

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Other words from indict

indicter or indictor \in-ˈdī-tər \ noun

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

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After four months of relative quiet from the special counsel's office, Robert Mueller Friday indicted a dozen Russians for their role in hacking the DNC, DCCC, and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security Roundup: Ukraine Blocked a Russian Hack of Its Critical Infrastructure," 14 July 2018 In February, a federal grand jury indicted three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens on charges of engaging in a widespread effort to meddle in the 2016 campaign through social-media messages, invented fake personas and staged rallies. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Mueller Probe Indicts 12 Russians in Hacking of DNC and Clinton Campaign," 13 July 2018 Mueller indicted 13 Russian individuals and three entities in February on charges of violating criminal laws with the intent to interfere with the U.S. election through the manipulation of social media. Chris Strohm,, "Mueller taps more prosecutors to help with growing Trump probe," 5 July 2018 Late last month, a federal grand jury indicted six Richmond County men from Hamlet and nearby Rockingham on charges ranging from robbery and extortion to firearms violations and cocaine sales. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "NC town canceled its 2017 fireworks due to gangs. Then Jeff Sessions got really ticked.," 5 July 2018 On June 27, a Broward County grand jury indicted Blanc on charges of premeditated murder in their deaths, as well as two counts of abusing their corpses. Linda Trischitta,, "Grand jury indicts man on murder charge in death of his unborn child," 4 July 2018 In 2014, the Obama administration indicted five Chinese military hackers, stoking tensions already high from leaks about American surveillance from the former government contractor Edward J. Snowden. New York Times, "How Apple’s Tim Cook Became Tech’s Top Diplomat," 18 June 2018 Mueller first indicted Manafort in DC last October, added more charges in Virginia this February, and added yet more charges in DC just last week. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Paul Manafort just got sent to jail," 15 June 2018 Last week a federal grand jury indicted Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime associate in Ukraine suspected by the US of links with the Kremlin, for conspiring to obstruct justice. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "Paul Manafort goes to jail: Three questions," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of indict

circa 1626, 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

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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English Language Learners Definition of indict

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


in·dict | \ in-ˈdīt \
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 \

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

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