from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly: evidence that implicates others in the plot.
- transitive v. To have as a consequence or necessary circumstance; imply or entail: His evasiveness implicated complicity.
- transitive v. Linguistics To convey, imply, or suggest by implicature.
- transitive v. Archaic To interweave or entangle; entwine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something.
- v. To imply, to have as a necessary consequence or accompaniment.
- v. To fold or twist together, intertwine, interlace, entangle, entwine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To infold; to fold together; to interweave.
- transitive v. To bring into connection with; to involve; to connect; -- applied to persons, in an unfavorable sense
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To infold or fold over; involve; entangle.
- To cause to be affected; show to be concerned or have a part; bring into connection or relation: with by, in, or with: as, the disease implicates other organs; the evidence implicates several persons in the crime.
- Synonyms Implicate, Involve, Entangle. Implicate and involve are similar words, but with a marked difference. The first means to fold into a thing; the second, to roll into it. What is folded, however, may be folded but once or partially; what is involved is rolled many times. Hence, men are said to be implicated when they are only under suspicion, or have taken but a small share in a transaction; they are said to be involved when they are deeply concerned. In this sense implicate is always used of persons; involve may be used of persons or things; both words being always metaphorically employed. Entangle is used either literally or metaphorically, and signifies to involve so that extrication is a matter of extreme difficulty.
- n. The thing implied; that which results from implication.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result
- v. bring into intimate and incriminating connection
Middle English, to convey a truth bound up in a fable, from Latin implicāre, implicāt-, to entangle, unite : in-, in, + plicāre, to fold.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin implico ("entangle, involve"), from plico ("fold") (Wiktionary)