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[im-pli-keyt] /ˈɪm plɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), implicated, implicating.
to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner:
to be implicated in a crime.
to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood.
to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence:
The malfunctioning of one part of the nervous system implicates another part.
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 forms
unimplicated, adjective
1. See involve. Unabridged
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  • About the habits of this clerk, and his manner when examined, there was nothing which appeared in the least to implicate him.

  • Now, however, you must do nothing more that might implicate you.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • Although now that the burglars were safely off with their prize, even their capture could not implicate him.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • He was not seeking to implicate her—she felt certain of that.

  • First I was—I frankly confess—deeply in love with Lola, and feared to implicate her; and, secondly, for my mother's sake.

    The Place of Dragons William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for implicate


verb (transitive)
to show to be involved, esp in a crime
to involve as a necessary inference; imply: his protest implicated censure by the authorities
to affect intimately: this news implicates my decision
(rare) to intertwine or entangle
Derived Forms
implicative (ɪmˈplɪkətɪv) adjective
implicatively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin implicāre to involve, from im- + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for implicate

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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