- To implicate is defined as to show a connection to a crime.
An example of to implicate is when a clue indicates a suspect is guilty.
implicate definition by Webster's New World
- to show to have a connection with a crime, fault, etc.; involve
- to show to be involved or concerned
- Rare to imply
- Archaic to twist or fold together; intertwine; entangle
Origin: ; from Classical Latin implicatus, past participle of implicare, to enfold, involve: see imply
implicate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing, im·pli·cates
- To involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly: evidence that implicates others in the plot.
- To have as a consequence or necessary circumstance; imply or entail: His evasiveness implicated complicity.
- Linguistics To convey, imply, or suggest by implicature.
- Archaic To interweave or entangle; entwine.
Origin: Middle English, to convey a truth bound up in a fable, from Latin implicāre, implicāt-, to entangle, unite : in-, in; see in-2 + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.