- to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner: to be implicated in a crime.
- to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood.
- to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence: The malfunctioning of one part of the nervous system implicates another part.
- Archaic. to fold or twist together; intertwine; interlace.
Origin of implicate
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Examples from the Web for implicate
Though there are many claims that implicate it in improved brain function, the evidence in support of this finding is tenuous.Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
October 10, 2014
In Illinois, which houses some of the tougher DUI laws in the nation, even smoking a joint a week before can implicate you.The Truth About Driving While Stoned
June 12, 2014
Several lines of scientific evidence have begun to implicate genes that control dopamine.Are We Killing Our Sports Gene?
August 4, 2013
Pointing fingers, he stated “the people that I trusted to run it” are the ones to implicate.Murdoch Hearing's 8 Best Moments
July 19, 2011
The lawyers accuse Headley of lying to implicate Rana in order to save his wife as well as his own life.Terrorism Trial's Unreliable Narrator
May 30, 2011
There was nothing in what he had to tell them that could implicate Mr. Dunbar.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
How or where she would not say—one had the impression that she feared to implicate some one.
Your son-in-law will certainly not endeavour to implicate you.The Doctor of Pimlico
William Le Queux
And if she committed suicide, she would not implicate you in it by making you buy the poison.If Winter Don't
Now, however, you must do nothing more that might implicate you.The Light of Scarthey
- to show to be involved, esp in a crime
- to involve as a necessary inference; implyhis protest implicated censure by the authorities
- to affect intimatelythis news implicates my decision
- rare to intertwine or entangle
Word Origin and History for implicate
early 15c., "to convey in a fable;" c.1600, "intertwine, wreathe," from Latin implicatus, past participle of implicare "to involve, entwine" (see implication). Meaning "involve a person in a crime, charge, etc.," is from 1797. Related: Implicated; implicating.