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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Last October, while on supervisory release after being indicted for those crimes, Schuchman created a new botnet and also arranged a swatting attack on one of his co-conspirators, the plea agreement, which is signed by the hacker, said. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "IoT botnet creator cops plea to hacking more than 800,000 devices," 4 Sep. 2019 Blakely was arrested this past week after being indicted on 13 charges of theft and abuse of power. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Indicted Alabama sheriff co-owns racehorse with county commissioner," 30 Aug. 2019 Former Google self-driving engineer Anthony Levandowski has been indicted on 33 counts of trade secret theft. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Who Owns Lidar?," 28 Aug. 2019 The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that Ronnie Rodriguez Jr., 21, was being held without bond Saturday after being indicted two days earlier. Washington Post, "Funeral held for girl killed by dogs," 25 Aug. 2019 Miller, 52, was forced to step away from the show after being indicted on 20 counts of financial fraud by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Why Did ‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Go To Prison? Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2019 There are currently 608 corrections officers at the jail, which do not account for the six officers on unpaid suspension after being indicted on accusations of beating inmates and violating civil rights, nor officers on medical leave. Adam Ferrise,, "Prospective Cuyahoga County Jail officer arrested during jail tour," 2 Aug. 2019 He was arrested last October after being indicted on charges of tampering with evidence in the case. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Senators Will Push for Increased Oversight of Olympic Sports," 30 July 2019 On Thursday, the artist was arrested in Chicago after being indicted on 13 federal counts, including charges of child pornography, kidnapping and obstruction of justice. Randall Roberts,, "Is R. Kelly in the news? Then his music streaming numbers are probably up," 12 July 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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