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

      

    implicate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they implicate
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪt//
     
    he / she / it implicates
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪts//
     
    past simple implicated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle implicated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form implicating
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1implicate somebody (in something) to show or suggest that somebody 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. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin implicatus ‘folded in’, past participle of implicare, from in- ‘in’ + plicare ‘to fold’. The original sense was ‘entwine’; compare with employ and imply. The earliest modern sense (‘to convey something indirectly’), dates from the early 17th cent.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. These groups are very strongly implicated in the violence.
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