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implicate

im·pli·cate

implicate

 
pronunciation:
Im pl keIt
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: implicated, implicates, implicating
definition: to involve or prove involvement of (someone or something) in an affair, situation, event, or series of events.
She feared that her husband was somehow implicated in the murder.The studies implicated mercury as a cause of the brain damage.
 
synonyms:
incriminate, involve
antonyms:
clear
similar words:
connect, criminate, impute, inculpate
Word Parts
The word implicate contains the following parts:
im-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix im-1 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-1 used before roots beginning with m, p, and b, such as "mers," "port," and "bib."
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).