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
Recent Examples on the Web Reality star Mama June Shannon has reportedly been indicted by a grand jury on charges of felony drug possession that stem from an arrest earlier this year at an Alabama gas station. Fox News, "'Honey Boo Boo' star Mama June indicted by grand jury over drug charges: report," 14 Sep. 2019 Patricia Clayton, 77, was indicted by a grand jury and faces two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver when persons are injured. oregonlive, "North Plains woman, 77, arrested after fatal January hit-and-run," 6 Sep. 2019 Todd and Julie were indicted by a federal grand jury for tax evasion and other financial crimes, according to court papers obtained by PEOPLE. Joelle Goldstein,, "Todd Chrisley's Son Kyle Reveals He Tried to Kill Himself Leading to His Hospitalization Last Week," 6 Sep. 2019 Powell, from Taylor Mill, Kentucky, was indicted by the Boone County grand jury on charges of murder, attempted murder, tampering with physical evidence and persistent felony offender. Madeline Mitchell,, "Northern Kentucky man indicted on murder charges after fatal stabbing at Papa's Pub," 3 Sep. 2019 Cornelius Pames of Cleveland was indicted Thursday by a Cuyahoga County grand jury on five counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping and one count of aggravated burglary. Adam Ferrise,, "Prosecutors: Man raped disabled Cleveland girl during home invasion weeks after beating 94-year-old woman to death," 29 Aug. 2019 Buzz60 A Seattle woman charged in the massive Capital One data breach was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Capital One suspect indicted by federal grand jury on wire fraud and data theft charges," 28 Aug. 2019 Rodney Paul Gonzales, 53, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 11 and pleaded guilty possessing a firearm as a felon, according to a news release. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Man found passed out in truck with a gun and suspected drugs is headed to federal prison," 22 Aug. 2019 Olsen was later indicted by a grand jury, charging him with making threats against law enforcement. Kate Smith, CBS News, "3 young men arrested for threatening mass shootings against Planned Parenthood this month," 22 Aug. 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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