What does implicate mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term implicate:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. implicate(verb)

    bring into intimate and incriminating connection

    "He is implicated in the scheme to defraud the government"

  2. entail, implicate(verb)

    impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result

    "What does this move entail?"


  1. implicate(Verb)

    To connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something.

    The evidence implicates involvement of top management in the scheme.

  2. implicate(Verb)

    To imply, to have as a necessary consequence or accompaniment.

    What did Nixon's visit to China implicate for Russia?

  3. implicate(Verb)

    To fold or twist together, intertwine, interlace, entangle, entwine.

  4. Origin: From implico, from plico

Webster Dictionary

  1. Implicate(verb)

    to infold; to fold together; to interweave

  2. Implicate(verb)

    to bring into connection with; to involve; to connect; -- applied to persons, in an unfavorable sense; as, the evidence implicates many in this conspiracy; to be implicated in a crime, a discreditable transaction, a fault, etc

  3. Origin: [L. implicatus, p. p. of implicare to involve; pref. im- in + plicare to fold. See Employ, Ply, and cf. Imply, Implicit.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Implicate

    im′pli-kāt, v.t. (with by, in, with) to enfold: to involve: to entangle.—ns. Im′plicate, the thing implied; Implicā′tion, the act of implicating: entanglement: that which is implied.—adj. Im′plicative, tending to implicate.—adv. Im′plicatively.—adj. Implic′it, implied: relying entirely, unquestioning: (rare) entangled, involved.—adv. Implic′itly.n. Implic′itness. [L. implicāre, -ātumin, in, plicāre, to fold.]

Matched Categories


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of implicate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of implicate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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