AskDefine | Define implicate

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1 bring into intimate and incriminating connection; "He is implicated in the scheme to defraud the government"
2 impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result; "What does this move entail?" [syn: entail]

User Contributed Dictionary



From implico, from plico


  1. To show the involvement of someone in something, especially a crime.
  2. To imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood.
  3. To connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence
    ''The malfunctioning of one part of the nervous system implicates another part.
  4. To fold or twist together; intertwine; interlace.


Related terms



  1. second-person plural present tense of implicare
  2. second-person plural imperative of implicare
  3. feminine plural past participle of implicare

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