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

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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 Evidently, in the months preceding the indictments, on at least one occasion there was a heated argument inside the Office of the Promoter of Justice over whether to indict Brülhart. Gerald Posner, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 The judge’s ruling now sends the case to a grand jury, which will determine whether to indict Livingston on murder and/or other charges. Donna Owens, Essence, 29 Sep. 2021 Although the Los Angeles Police Department fired Sanchez, a Riverside County grand jury in 2019 declined to criminally indict the officer. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office announced during a Wednesday news conference that a grand jury declined to indict officer James Griffiths for shooting and killing Keith. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 9 July 2021 But there has been no escape for the Andreacchio family, which suffered a devastating defeat in late 2017, when that grand jury returned their decision to not indict Whitley and Dylan. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 4 Sep. 2021 But Barr told Congress that the decision not to indict Trump on obstruction of Justice was made in consultation with OLC. Jeremy Herb, CNN, 5 May 2021 After a grand jury decided not to indict Mercer in November, Indiana State Police investigators presented evidence that Reed was armed and fired during the foot pursuit. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Aug. 2021 In a statement to KHON, interim Honolulu Police Chief Rade Vanic expressed surprise at the charges, noting a grand jury previously decided not to indict the officers. Chris Harris,, 17 June 2021

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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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English Language Learners Definition of indict

: 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


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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