verb (used with object), im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing.
- to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner: to be implicated in a crime.
- to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood.
- to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence: The malfunctioning of one part of the nervous system implicates another part.
- Archaic. to fold or twist together; intertwine; interlace.
- to show to be involved, esp in a crime
- to involve as a necessary inference; implyhis protest implicated censure by the authorities
- to affect intimatelythis news implicates my decision
- rare to intertwine or entangle
early 15c., “to convey in a fable;” c.1600, “intertwine, wreathe,” from Latin implicatus, past participle of implicare “to involve, entwine” (see implication). Meaning “involve a person in a crime, charge, etc.,” is from 1797. Related: Implicated; implicating.