Implicate definition

ĭmplĭ-kāt
To involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly.

Evidence that implicates others in the plot.

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To have as a consequence or necessary circumstance; imply or entail.

His evasiveness implicated complicity.

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(rare) To imply.
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(linguistics) To convey, imply, or suggest by implicature.
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(archaic) To interweave or entangle; entwine.
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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.

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(archaic) To twist or fold together; intertwine; entangle.
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To show to have a connection with a crime, fault, etc.; involve.
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To show to be involved or concerned.
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To connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something.

The evidence implicates involvement of top management in the scheme.

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To imply, to have as a necessary consequence or accompaniment.

What did Nixon's visit to China implicate for Russia?

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(archaic) To fold or twist together, intertwine, interlace, entangle, entwine.
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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