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

 

incriminate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they incriminate
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪt//
 
he / she / it incriminates
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪts//
 
past simple incriminated
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪtɪd//
 
past participle incriminated
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪtɪd//
 
-ing form incriminating
BrE BrE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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incriminate somebody to make it seem as if somebody has done something wrong or illegal They were afraid of answering the questions and incriminating themselves. He was careful not to say anything that might incriminate the others. Word Origin mid 18th cent. (earlier (mid 17th cent.) as incrimination): from late Latin incriminat- ‘accused’, from the verb incriminare, from in- ‘into, towards’ + Latin crimen ‘crime’.
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