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implicate

[im-pli-keyt]
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verb (used with object), im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing.
  1. to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner: to be implicated in a crime.
  2. to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood.
  3. to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence: The malfunctioning of one part of the nervous system implicates another part.
  4. Archaic. to fold or twist together; intertwine; interlace.
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Origin of implicate

1530–40; < Latin implicātus past participle of implicāre to interweave, equivalent to im- im-1 + plicā(re) to ply2 + -ātus -ate1
Related formsun·im·pli·cat·ed, adjective

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1. See involve.
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implicate

verb (tr)
  1. to show to be involved, esp in a crime
  2. to involve as a necessary inference; implyhis protest implicated censure by the authorities
  3. to affect intimatelythis news implicates my decision
  4. rare to intertwine or entangle
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Derived Formsimplicative (ɪmˈplɪkətɪv), adjectiveimplicatively, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin implicāre to involve, from im- + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for implicate

v.

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.

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