in·​dict in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio)
indicted; indicting; indicts

transitive verb

: to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a jury (such as a grand jury) in due form of law
: to charge with a fault or offense : criticize, accuse
indicter noun
or indictor

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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Word History


alteration of earlier indite, from Middle English inditen, from Anglo-French enditer to write, point out, indict — more at indite

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of indict was in 1531

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Cite this Entry

“Indict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​dict in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio)
: to charge with an offense or crime : accuse

Legal Definition


transitive verb
in·​dict in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio)
: to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a grand jury in due form of law compare accuse, arraign, charge

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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