in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio) \
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 How to pronounce indictor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for indict


accuse, charge, criminate, defame [archaic], impeach, incriminate


absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate

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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

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Lester Macklin, 26, of Detroit, is indicted on charges of reckless murder and manslaughter, according to DeKalb County court records. Ashley Remkus |,, "Michigan man charged with murder in Alabama crash," 8 July 2019 The women, who were indicted by a federal grand jury, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Riverside on Thursday, Department of Justice spokesman Ciaran McEvoy said. Brian Rokos, The Mercury News, "3 women accused of stealing $1 million in financial aid from California college," 29 June 2019 In addition, a court officer who was indicted along with the judge has benefitted from $2,500 in legal fees paid by the public, the report said. Fox News, "Taxpayers paid $127G in legal bills for judge accused of helping illegal immigrant avoid ICE: report," 14 June 2019 Nearly all of the American citizens who have been indicted for joining ISIS were charged under the statute. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019 Manafort, who was indicted on conspiracy and money laundering charges with ex-business partner Rick Gates in October, had been largely confined to his home, tethered to two GPS ankle monitors while awaiting a trial set for the early fall. NBC News, "Paul Manafort headed to jail after witness tampering allegation," 15 June 2018 Gomez was among dozens indicted by U.S. federal agents in March in a widespread sting operation targeting heroin and cocaine traffickers in Houston. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Texas man believed to have masterminded hit that injured Red Sox legend 'Big Papi'," 20 June 2019 Two Iranians were indicted by the U.S. government last year after allegedly launching more than 200 ransomware attacks, including those that hit the cities of Atlanta and Newark. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Florida city will pay hackers $600K to get computer system back," 20 June 2019 The six defendants were indicted by an Anchorage grand jury on June 14 for murder in the first degree, conspiracy to commit murder, and murder in the second degree, said the Alaska Department of Law. NBC News, "Alaska teen allegedly solicited by man to kill her friend, send him videos for $9 million," 19 June 2019

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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

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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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