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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.
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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Examples for implicated
  • He trembled to think that he himself might be implicated.
  • Elevated water temperatures, perhaps the result of global warming, have been implicated in another blight against coral-bleaching.
  • Included in these areas: genes previously implicated in autism, another condition involving excess connections in the brain.
  • Some such mutations have been found to be benign, but others have been implicated in ailments such as autism and cancer.
  • What's more, some of those neurons point directly to the central complex, a brain region implicated in visual memory.
  • Mitochondrial problems are implicated in a lot of diseases.
  • Moreover, these bacteria have been implicated in the development of neurological and behavioral disorders.
  • Cosmic rays have also been implicated in cloud formation.
  • Some persistent organic pollutants are implicated in wildlife cancer clusters.
  • Invertebrates lack a cortex, an amygdala and many of the other major brain structures routinely implicated in human emotion.
British Dictionary definitions for implicated


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for implicated
"involve a person in a crime, charge, etc," 1797; see implication.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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