An example of to implicate is when a clue indicates a suspect is guilty.
transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- 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 of implicatefrom Classical Latin implicatus, past participle of implicare, to enfold, involve: see imply
transitive verbim·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 of implicateMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present implicates, present participle implicating, simple past and past participle implicated)
- To connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something.
- The evidence implicates involvement of top management in the scheme.
- To imply, to have as a necessary consequence or accompaniment.
- What did Nixon's visit to China implicate for Russia?
- (archaic) To fold or twist together, intertwine, interlace, entangle, entwine.
From Latin implico (“entangle, involve”), from plico (“fold”)