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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.

Origin of implicate

1530–40; < Latin implicātus past participle of implicāre to interweave, equivalent to im- im-1 + plicā(re) to ply2 + -ātus -ate1
Related formsun·im·pli·cat·ed, adjective

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1. See involve. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for implicated

involved, guilty, suspicious

Examples from the Web for implicated

Contemporary Examples of implicated

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

    Louis Zangwill

  • Rossi in particular, whom he has implicated in a serious conspiracy.

  • 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

    Charles King

British Dictionary definitions for implicated


verb (tr)
  1. to show to be involved, esp in a crime
  2. to involve as a necessary inference; implyhis protest implicated censure by the authorities
  3. to affect intimatelythis news implicates my decision
  4. rare to intertwine or entangle
Derived Formsimplicative (ɪmˈplɪkətɪv), adjectiveimplicatively, adverb

Word Origin for implicate

C16: from Latin implicāre to involve, from im- + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for implicated



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.

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