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The word implicate and its family (implicated, implicates, implicating, implication, implications) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Definition of the verb implicate

What does implicate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: implicated | implicating | implicates

  1. bring into intimate and incriminating connection
    • example: He is implicated in the scheme to defraud the government
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: affect / involve / regard = connect closely and often incriminatingly
  2. impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of implicate: entail
    • more generic word: lead = tend to or result in

Alternative definition of the verb implicate


  1. To connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something.
  2. To imply, to have as a necessary consequence or accompaniment.
  3. [archaic] To fold or twist together, intertwine, interlace, entangle, entwine.

Definition of the verb implicate for high school students

    to involve in an incriminating way, incriminate
    • example: Even though Tom wasn't present at the time of the shooting, he was implicated by the evidence suggesting that he had supplied the shooters with guns.

The verb implicate is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for implicate

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Google previewMaster the Officer Candidate Tests (2013)

by Peterson's

Implicate means to involve. The correct answer is (D). Insidious and treacherous are synonymous. The correct answer is (E). Irresolute, uncertain, and ...

Google previewEarly Buddhist Theory of Knowledge (2013)

by K N Jayatilleke

The other arguments recorded of the Materialists are all of the nature of destructive hypothetical syllogisms of the form modus tollendo tollens,6 where the implicate is a proposition which is observably false or absurd entailing the falsity ...

Google previewCorrect English and Current Literary Review ... (1907)

by Josephine Turck Baker

Implicate means simply to enfold; involve, to roll into or entangle; hence, involve is the more expressive word. Thus, we say: “Several persons are implicated,” meaning that suspicion has been directed against them; “Several are involved, ...

Google previewCorrect English (1909)

Implicate means sin: ply to enfold; involve, to roll into or entangl. hence, involve is the more expressive wor: Thus, we say: “Several persons are im cated,” meaning that suspicion has been d rected against them; “Several are involved meaning ...

Google previewThe Expository Times (1898)

A second implicate is that elements supplied by reason, in other words, metaphysical elements, may be imported into the object of faith. It was against such a view of assensu: that Ritschl, returning to the original Protestant conception of Luther ...

Google previewThe International Dictionary of Artificial Intelligence (1999)

by William J. Raynor, William Raynor

See Also: implicate.

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (2007)

by P.H. Matthews

implicate 186 Also of other impersonal constructions in which the verb can be seen as in some way like a passive. E.g. in Spanish Se venden casas 'Houses for sale', the construction with se is described as impersonal except that the verb ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

implicate = (1) to bring into play; to involve in its nature or meaning, or as a consequence forcible searching implicates a constitutionally protected interests; (2) to involve (a person) in a charge or crime < each ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics (2004)

by Charles François

They write: "While the current neo-Darwinian theory is valid in its proper domain, it represents an abstraction from a much larger implicate and generative order, and its main significance is to be found in its relationship to this latter order” ( 1987, ...

Google previewChambers's Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1876)

by William Chambers

Implicate, im'pli-kat, v.t.{ to infold; to involve ; to entangle :—pr.p. lm'phcating ; pa. p. im'plicated. [L. imflico, implicatum, impiicitum — in-, into, 3ndpluo, to fold.] Implication, im-pli-ka'shun, «., the act of implicating; entanglement: that which is ...

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Video shows what implicate means. To connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something.. To imply, to have as a necessary consequence or ...

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Quotes about implicate

When a scandal breaks out
The woman would tell lies
That she has been harassed [sexually]
And the man would tell lies
That she has slept with him.
Desperate to escape is she.
Safe to implicate her is he.
25.12.2010 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of I1M3P3L1I1C3A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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