Definition of implicate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈimpləˌkāt/


[with object]
1Show (someone) to be involved in a crime: police claims implicated him in many more killings
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  • I was able to show that several had been ‘doctored’ after Mary's forced abdication to justify what her enemies had done to her, implicating her in crimes she didn't commit.
  • Then if I am ever implicated in a crime that I didn't commit, I can prove my exact whereabouts beyond any reasonable doubt.
  • She had always felt that, by refusing to implicate him in the crime of adultery, she was saving him from the ruin that she faced every day.
incriminate, compromise;
involve, connect, link, embroil, enmesh, ensnare, entangle
archaic inculpate
informal finger
1.1 (be implicated in) Bear some of the responsibility for (an action or process, especially a criminal or harmful one): the team believes he is heavily implicated in the bombing a chemical implicated in ozone depletion
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  • Bellbirds have been implicated in the death of swathes of forest between Victoria and Queensland.
  • You can't get a man who's clean and not a single American rider has been implicated in these latest charges.
  • Under circumstances like these, whether he was implicated in the taking was an issue of fact for the jury.
involve in, concern with, associate with, connect to/with
1.2Involve (something) in a necessary way: cable franchise activities plainly implicate First Amendment interests
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  • After all, things like gender that are implicated in all social life are necessarily implicated in all social injustice.
  • This privacy interest implicates two guarantees of the Bill of Rights.
  • Any governmental action that interferes with the willingness of customers to purchase books, or booksellers to sell books, thus implicates First Amendment concerns.
2 [with clause] Convey (a meaning or intention) indirectly through what one says, rather than stating it explicitly; imply: by saying that coffee would keep her awake, Mary implicated that she didn’t want any
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  • Using the media richness concept implicates that the content of messages conveyed through the different electronic media should be in accordance with their specific characteristics.
  • This implicates that the man would know everything in order to be questioned by his less knowledgeable wife who would not be allowed to speak there anyway.
  • She is the walking example that being ‘physically challenged’ does not implicate that one cannot be successful.


Pronunciation: /ˈimplikət/
chiefly Logic
A thing implied.
Example sentences
  • The dual nature of the Heart represents the meeting of the changeless and the changing, the inevitable and the contingent, the implicate and the manifest.
  • This is an implicate of the inscripturation of revelation.



Pronunciation: /ˈimpləˌkādiv/
Pronunciation: /imˈplikədiv/
Example sentences
  • Once it is in conjunctive normal form, it is easy to convert it in implicative normal form.


Example sentences
  • That nuclear radiation, due directly or indirectly to human action, is implicatively one with the core explosion.
  • Its symbol mark is a visual image implicatively expressing its idea and goal and is the most important element and the core of all visual information systems.
  • According to meta-semiotics and meta-cybernetics generic human and human gender implicatively prescribe the development of social institutes.


Late Middle English: from Latin implicatus 'folded in', past participle of implicare (see imply). The original sense was 'entwine, entangle'; compare with employ and imply. The earliest modern sense (sense 2 of the verb) dates from the early 17th century, but appears earlier in implication.

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Syllabification: im·pli·cate

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