Implicate Definition

implicated, implicates, implicating
implicated, implicates, implicating
To involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly.
Evidence that implicates others in the plot.
American Heritage
To show to have a connection with a crime, fault, etc.; involve.
Webster's New World
To have as a consequence or necessary circumstance; imply or entail.
His evasiveness implicated complicity.
American Heritage
To show to be involved or concerned.
Webster's New World
To imply.
Webster's New World

Origin of Implicate

  • Middle English to convey a truth bound up in a fable from Latin implicāre implicāt- to entangle, unite in- in in–2 plicāre to fold plek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin implico (“entangle, involve”), from plico (“fold”)

    From Wiktionary

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