[ im-pli-keyt ]
/ ˈɪm plɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing.

to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner: to be implicated in a crime.
to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood.
to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence: The malfunctioning of one part of the nervous system implicates another part.
Archaic. to fold or twist together; intertwine; interlace.

Origin of implicate

1530–40; < Latin implicātus past participle of implicāre to interweave, equivalent to im- im-1 + plicā(re) to ply2 + -ātus -ate1


un·im·pli·cat·ed, adjective

Example sentences from the Web for implicate

British Dictionary definitions for implicate

/ (ˈɪmplɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to show to be involved, esp in a crime
to involve as a necessary inference; imply his protest implicated censure by the authorities
to affect intimately this news implicates my decision
rare to intertwine or entangle

Derived forms of implicate

implicative (ɪmˈplɪkətɪv), adjective implicatively, adverb

Word Origin for implicate

C16: from Latin implicāre to involve, from im- + plicāre to fold