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Definition of accuse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

accuse

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈkjuːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkjuːz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they accuse
BrE BrE//əˈkjuːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkjuːz//
 
he / she / it accuses
BrE BrE//əˈkjuːzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkjuːzɪz//
 
past simple accused
BrE BrE//əˈkjuːzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkjuːzd//
 
past participle accused
BrE BrE//əˈkjuːzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkjuːzd//
 
-ing form accusing
BrE BrE//əˈkjuːzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkjuːzɪŋ//
 
 
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accuse somebody (of something) to say that somebody has done something wrong or is guilty of something to accuse somebody of murder/theft She accused him of lying. The government was accused of incompetence. (formal) They stand accused of crimes against humanity. Wordfinderaccuse, appeal, counsel, defendant, evidence, justice, offence, plea, prosecution, trialWord Familyaccuse verbaccusation nounaccusing adjectiveaccusatory adjectiveaccused noun Word Origin Middle English: from Old French acuser, from Latin accusare ‘call to account’, from ad- ‘towards’ + causa ‘reason, motive, lawsuit’.Extra examples His critics accused his work of lacking in realism. No one could ever accuse this government of not caring about the poor. She practically accused me of starting the fire! They openly accused her of dishonesty. You can’t accuse me of being selfish. A man accused of murder has been remanded in custody for a month by magistrates.
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