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accuse

[ uh-kyooz ]
/ əˈkyuz /
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verb (used with object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.

to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder.
to find fault with; blame.

verb (used without object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.

to make an accusation.

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Origin of accuse

1250–1300; Middle English ac(c)usen<Old French acuser<Latin accūsāre to call to account (ac-ac- + -cūs-, combining form of caus-;see cause)
accuse , allege, charge
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British Dictionary definitions for accuse

accuse
/ (əˈkjuːz) /

verb

to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
accuser, nounaccusing, adjectiveaccusingly, adverb
C13: via Old French from Latin accūsāre to call to account, from ad- to + causa lawsuit
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