[ krim-uh-neyt ]
/ ˈkrɪm əˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), crim·i·nat·ed, crim·i·nat·ing.

to charge with a crime.
to incriminate.
to censure (something) as criminal; condemn.

Origin of criminate

1635–45; < Latin crīminātus past participle of crīminārī to accuse. See crime, -ate1


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British Dictionary definitions for criminate

/ (ˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt) /

verb (tr) rare

to charge with a crime; accuse
to condemn or censure (an action, event, etc)
short for incriminate

Derived forms of criminate

crimination, nouncriminative or criminatory (ˈkrɪmɪnətərɪ, -trɪ), adjectivecriminator, noun

Word Origin for criminate

C17: from Latin crīminārī to accuse
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