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 Two Texas grand juries declined to indict the three-time Pro Bowler for crimes. cleveland, 17 July 2022 Prosecutors said two weeks ago a grand jury had voted to indict Gendron for first-degree murder, but details were not released at the time. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 1 June 2022 And Democrats still castigate Mr. Garland for not moving more aggressively to indict former President Donald J. Trump for trying to undo his election loss. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Is there something that can indict him for a crime? ABC News, 2 Jan. 2022 Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints stemming from the allegations. Rob Maaddi, Chicago Tribune, 1 July 2022 Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints stemming from the allegations. Rob Maaddi, BostonGlobe.com, 30 June 2022 Kessler will undoubtedly cite the fact that two separate grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on criminal charges, and that there’s no concrete evidence of misconduct. cleveland, 27 June 2022 In March, two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints stemming from the allegations. CBS News, 21 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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1 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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