implicate

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin implico (entangle, involve), from plico (fold)

VerbEdit

implicate (third-person singular simple present implicates, present participle implicating, simple past and past participle implicated)

  1. To connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something.
    • 2013 June 29, “A punch in the gut”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 72-3: 
      Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial. It helps with digestion and enables people to extract a lot more calories from their food than would otherwise be possible. Research over the past few years, however, has implicated it in diseases from atherosclerosis to asthma to autism.
    The evidence implicates involvement of top management in the scheme.
  2. To imply, to have as a necessary consequence or accompaniment.
    What did Nixon's visit to China implicate for Russia?
  3. (archaic) To fold or twist together, intertwine, interlace, entangle, entwine.

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ItalianEdit

VerbEdit

implicate

  1. second-person plural present tense of implicare
  2. second-person plural imperative of implicare
  3. feminine plural past participle of implicare

LatinEdit

ParticipleEdit

implicāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of implicātus
Last modified on 1 April 2014, at 20:16