to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder.
to find fault with; blame.
to make an accusation.
- ac·cus·a·ble, adjective
- ac·cus·a·bly, adverb
- ac·cus·ant, noun
- ac·cus·ing·ly, adverb
- in·ter·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), in·ter·ac·cused, in·ter·ac·cus·ing.
- non·ac·cus·ing, adjective
- pre·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), pre·ac·cused, pre·ac·cus·ing.
- re·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), re·ac·cused, re·ac·cus·ing.
- self-ac·cus·ing, adjective
- un·ac·cus·a·ble, adjective
- un·ac·cus·ing, adjective
- un·ac·cus·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use accuse in a sentence
The social network also accused Apple of using its size to block competitors, like Facebook, from running their advertising business.Apple defends decision to delay privacy feature, slams Facebook | Verne Kopytoff | November 19, 2020 | Fortune
At a televised news conference Wednesday, he sent an explicit message to his party, flanking himself with the local election officials whom other Republicans have accused of illegally rigging the results.His fellow Republicans turned on him, but Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger isn’t backing down | Reis Thebault, Amy Gardner | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Luhnow, however, remains out of baseball and his lawsuit accuses the Astros of firing him “to save more than $22 million in guaranteed salary.”Jeff Luhnow, fired as GM after sign-stealing scandal, sues Astros for $22 million | Cindy Boren | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Although “The Dignity of Difference” clearly reflected his own beliefs, he was forced to apologize to ultra-Orthodox leaders, who accused him of “heresy,” and make significant changes to the second edition.Jonathan Sacks, influential chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, dies at 72 | Phil Davison | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
In it, a poll worker can be seen crumpling a piece of paper while a narrator accuses him of throwing away a ballot.‘We will not allow anyone to stop us’: Day and night, under historic scrutiny, the nation’s vote counters carried on | Amy Gardner, Reis Thebault, Hannah Knowles, Michelle Lee | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
McGinty's eyes rested accusingly upon each face in the circle about the body.
His unsmiling eyes are looking somberly, sternly, accusingly into hers.Wayside Courtships | Hamlin Garland
The shrimp turned to the prisoner and, at the sight of him, started forward accusingly.Through the Wall | Cleveland Moffett
The old gentleman's voice was self-contained, though his eyes bored accusingly into those of his visitor.The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
Presently she happened to cough slightly, and he touched accusingly the light summer cloak she was wearing.The Tinted Venus | F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for accuse
to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
- accuser, noun
- accusing, adjective
- accusingly, adverb
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