Definition of accuse in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkyo͞oz/


[with object]
1Charge (someone) with an offense or crime: he was accused of murdering his wife’s lover
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  • He cannot overcome the problem of showing either that he is ‘charged’ or that he is accused of any ‘criminal offence’.
  • The prosecuting solicitor objected to bail on the basis that he was accused of an imprisonable offence and there were substantial grounds for believing he would abscond from the jurisdiction of the court.
  • A prosecutor in Nashville is accused of manipulating evidence to send a defendant to death row.
charge with, indict for, arraign for;
summons for, cite for, prefer charges against for;
impeach for
1.1Claim that (someone) has done something wrong: he was accused of favoritism
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  • Their defence will claim the secret information they were accused of gathering is freely available in books and on the Internet and that they were simply keen plane spotters at a public air show.
  • Some of these women come to the mission claiming that they had been accused of witchcraft.
  • The NUT was accused of overreacting when it claimed that the deal would mean support staff taking classes.
blame for, lay/pin the blame on for, hold responsible for, inculpate for, hold accountable for;
condemn for, criticize for, denounce for
informal point the finger at for


Middle English: from Old French acuser, from Latin accusare 'call to account', from ad- 'toward' + causa 'reason, motive, lawsuit'.

Words that rhyme with accuse

abuse, adieux, amuse, bemuse, billets-doux, blues, booze, bruise, choose, Clews, confuse, contuse, cruise, cruse, Cruz, diffuse, do's, Druze, effuse, enthuse, excuse, fuse (US fuze), Hughes, incuse, interfuse, lose, Mahfouz, mews, misuse, muse, news, ooze, Ouse, perfuse, peruse, rhythm-and-blues, ruse, schmooze, snooze, suffuse, Toulouse, transfuse, trews, use, Vaduz, Veracruz, who's, whose, youse

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Syllabification: ac·cuse

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