What does accuse mean?

Definitions for accuse

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word accuse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. accuse, impeach, incriminate, criminateverb

    bring an accusation against; level a charge against

    "The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse"

  2. charge, accuseverb

    blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

    "he charged the director with indifference"


  1. accusenoun

    An accusation - Shakespeare

  2. accuseverb

    To find fault with, to blame, to censure.

  3. accuseverb

    To charge with having committed a crime or offence.

    For the U.S. President to be impeached, he must be accused of a high crime or misdemeanor.

  4. accuseverb

    To make an accusation against someone.

  5. Etymology: * First attested around 1300.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ACCUSEverb

    Etymology: accuso, Lat.

    He stripp’d the bears-foot of its leafy growth;
    And, calling western winds accus’d the spring of sloth. John Dryden, Virgil, Georg. iv. l. 205.

    The professors are accused of all the ill practices which may seem to be the ill consequences of their principles. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Never send up a leg of a fowl at supper, while there is a cat or dog in the house, that can be accused for running away with it: But, if there happen to be neither, you must lay it upon the rats, or a strange greyhound. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Cook.

    Their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another. Rom. ii. 15.

    Your valour would your sloth too much accuse,
    And therefore, like themselves, they princes choose. John Dryden, Tyrannick Love.


  1. Accuse

    An accusation is a statement by one person asserting that another person or entity has done something improper. The person who makes the accusation is an accuser, while the subject against whom it is made is the accused. Whether a statement is interpreted as an accusation relies on the social environment in which it is made: What counts as an accusation is often unclear, and what kind of response is warranted is even less clear. Even a purely surface semantic analysis of accusatory language cannot be performed in the absence of social context, including who is making the accusation and to whom it is being made—often the subject of supposedly accusatory language might well interpret the utterance in question as something that he need not respond to. An accusation can be made in private or in public, to the accused person alone, or to other people with or without the knowledge of the accused person. An accuser can make an accusation with or without evidence; the accusation can be entirely speculative, and can even be a false accusation, made out of malice, for the purpose of harming the reputation of the accused.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accusenoun


  2. Accuseverb

    to charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense

  3. Accuseverb

    to charge with an offense, judicially or by a public process; -- with of; as, to accuse one of a high crime or misdemeanor

  4. Accuseverb

    to charge with a fault; to blame; to censure

  5. Accuseverb

    to betray; to show. [L.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Accuse

    ak-kūz′, v.t. to bring a charge against: to blame (with of before the thing charged, sometimes for).—adj. Accus′able, that may be accused.—ns. Accus′al, accusation; Accusā′tion, the act of accusing: the charge brought against any one.—adjs. Accusatō′rial, of an accuser; Accus′atory, containing accusation.—n. Accuse (Shak.), accusation.—p.adj. Accused′, charged with a crime: usually as a n., the person accused.—ns. Accuse′ment (Spens.), a charge; Accus′er, one who accuses or brings a charge against another. [O. Fr. acuser—L. accusāread, to, causa, cause.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accuse' in Verbs Frequency: #415

How to pronounce accuse?

How to say accuse in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of accuse in a Sentence

  1. Yevgeny Strugov:

    They were trying to accuse me of forging my ticket.

  2. Michael Kelly:

    And I keep thinking to myself: Wow, if Beau Willimon and the writing staff had a character like Donald Trump on our show -- if we had put a character out there, not named him Donald Trump, and that was someone who was legitimately running for office on our show, I think people would accuse us of jumping the shark.

  3. Golda Meir:

    It's no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do ... Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.

  4. Antony Blinken:

    To those countries, I would say, simply, look at our actions. And when you hear Russia and its defenders accuse the countries who support Ukraine of ignoring the rest of the world, I say: look at Moscow’s actions.

  5. Michael Strain:

    If you're going to go with dynamic scoring, Elmendorf is a great guy to implement that, it would be harder to accuse Republicans of putting their thumb on the scale.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for accuse

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for accuse »


Find a translation for the accuse definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"accuse." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 6 Jun 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/accuse>.

Discuss these accuse definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for accuse? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task
    • A. accommodation
    • B. staff
    • C. drought
    • D. vehicle

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for accuse: