- to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner: to be implicated in a crime.
- to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood.
- to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence: The malfunctioning of one part of the nervous system implicates another part.
- Archaic. to fold or twist together; intertwine; interlace.
Origin of implicate
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Contemporary Examples of implicated
And yet, her own brokenness over her failures is written in such a way that the audience is implicated in them.The Feminist Aesthetic of ‘Happy Valley’: A Refusal to Eroticize Violence Against Women
August 31, 2014
However, the timing of his resignation does raise questions about whether Sorenson implicated him.McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns Amid Payola Scandal in Iowa
Olivia Nuzzi, Ben Jacobs
August 29, 2014
Now that Winfield was implicated, he was no longer a threat.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
Klansmen were implicated in the arson of 30 black churches in Mississippi.When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right
June 23, 2014
And the U.S. is implicated too, as Al Gharawi assumed command in Nineveh before the U.S. withdrew from Iraq.The Monster of Mosul: How a Sadistic General Helped ISIS Win
June 19, 2014
Historical Examples of implicated
This was a clear case of mutiny, and the only one in which I was ever implicated.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
He recollected that Ingram was implicated in the recital and could not be kept out.Cleo The Magnificent
Rossi in particular, whom he has implicated in a serious conspiracy.The Eternal City
The woman, however, was not implicated, and her reputed lover escaped.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
Escaping, he was believed to be a rebel spy, and so implicated you.A War-Time Wooing
- to show to be involved, esp in a crime
- to involve as a necessary inference; implyhis protest implicated censure by the authorities
- to affect intimatelythis news implicates my decision
- rare to intertwine or entangle
Word Origin for implicate
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.