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Definition of implicate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they implicate
    he / she / it implicates
    past simple implicated
    -ing form implicating
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  1. 1implicate somebody (in something) to show or suggest that someone is involved in something bad or criminal synonym incriminate He tried to avoid saying anything that would implicate him further.
  2. 2implicate something (in/as something) to show or suggest that something is the cause of something bad The results implicate poor hygiene as one cause of the outbreak.
  3. Idioms
    be implicated in something
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    to be involved in a crime; to be responsible for something bad Senior officials were implicated in the scandal.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: implicate