Definition of accuse in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkjuːz/


[with object] (often accuse someone of)
1Charge (someone) with an offence 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, take to court for, put on trial for, bring to trial for, prosecute for;
summons, cite, make accusations about, lay charges against, file charges against, prefer charges against;
North American  impeach for
archaic inculpate
1.1Claim that (someone) has done something wrong: he was accused of favouritism
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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, hold responsible for, lay the blame on someone for, hold accountable for, hold answerable for, condemn for, criticize for, denounce for;
impute blame to, assign guilt to, attribute liability to, declare guilty
informal lay at the door of, point the finger at, stick on, pin on


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

Words that rhyme with accuse

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