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implicate (verb) incriminate; involve in a crime.
When you implicate a person, you make it appear that they are involved in a crime. You try to show that a person has a role in a wrongdoing or a crime, when you implicate them. When a person is mentioned as having some connection with a crime they are implicated. 'He is implicated in the crime because knowingly or unknowingly, he let the offender use his car at the time of the offense.' This means that his lending his car to the offender connects him with the crime.
- They threatened to implicate Ted in the murder case unless he paid up $25000. Ted who had no connection with the crime paid up the amount to avoid having to deal with the police.
- John was totally innocent of the crime, but the stub of his brand of cigarette found at the place of the murder implicated him in the crime. He was however fortunate because other evidences showed that he had nothing to do with the crime.