- verb (T)
1 to show or seem to show that someone is involved in something wrong or criminal: implicate sb in sth: The letter seemed to implicate Mitchell in the robbery.2 to show or seem to show that something is the cause of something bad or harmful: Tobacco has already been implicated as one of the causes of the disease.implication /"Impli'keISn/ noun1 (countable usually plural) a possible future effect or result of a plan, action, or event, which must be considered or discussed(+of): What are the implications of these proposals? | have implications for: This could have serious implications for the company's future. | You can't just close reactors down - there are all sorts of safety implications.2 (C, U) something that you do not say directly but that you seem to want people to believe(+ that): I resent the implication that I would have lied to you. | by implication: The law bans organized protests and, by implication, any form of opposition. —see also: imply (1)3 (U) a situation in which someone is shown to be involved in something wrong or criminal(+ of): the implication of the former Chief of Staff in a major scandal4 something that you believe to be shown by a particular situation, action etc(+ in): The implication in this case is that he's innocent. —see also: implicate
Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.