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implicate

[ im-pli-keyt ]

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.


implicate

/ ˈɪmplɪˌkeɪt; ɪmˈplɪkətɪv /

verb

  1. to show to be involved, esp in a crime
  2. to involve as a necessary inference; imply

    his protest implicated censure by the authorities

  3. to affect intimately

    this news implicates my decision

  4. rare.
    to intertwine or entangle


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Derived Forms

  • implicative, adjective
  • imˈplicatively, adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of implicate1

First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin implicātus, past participle of implicāre “to interweave,” equivalent to im- im- 1 + plicā(re) “to fold” + -ātus -ate 1; ply 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of implicate1

C16: from Latin implicāre to involve, from im- + plicāre to fold

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Synonym Study

See involve.

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Example Sentences

Shining lights into dark and secret worlds and speaking truth to power comes with great risk, and here it was an even greater risk—because it directly implicated him.

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The lawsuit also says 48 cases of sexual harassment had been reported over the previous two years, including 13 that implicated senior managers or executives.

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The article directly implicated Google Local results and the ease of how unsavory people game them to commit fraud.

Fleer is hardly the first sheriff’s employee to be implicated in sexual misconduct.

While systole activated inhibitory brain regions, it also activated the amygdala, an area implicated in the experience of fear.

Though there are many claims that implicate it in improved brain function, the evidence in support of this finding is tenuous.

In Illinois, which houses some of the tougher DUI laws in the nation, even smoking a joint a week before can implicate you.

Several lines of scientific evidence have begun to implicate genes that control dopamine.

Because misogynist monsters always implicate themselves in crimes to protect women.

Pointing fingers, he stated “the people that I trusted to run it” are the ones to implicate.

She was trying to find some explanation that would clear the boss, and perhaps implicate the Hatch crowd.

He knew that the whole complex machinery of Scotland Yard was working, and working at top speed, to implicate him in the tragedy.

You might have done me the service of not excusing yourself to the squire when he came here, in such a way as to implicate me.

If I were to expose Flemming, it would implicate Thornton, and that seemed too much of a retaliation.

It would be a dangerous document in case he should be searched; for its contents would expose him, and implicate others.

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