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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indicter or indictor \ in-​ˈdī-​tər How to pronounce indictor (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
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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

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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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