in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio) \
indicted; indicting; indicts

Definition of indict

transitive verb

1 : to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a jury (such as a grand jury) in due form of law
2 : to charge with a fault or offense : criticize, accuse

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indicter or indictor \ in-​ˈdī-​tər How to pronounce indictor (audio) \ noun

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A grand jury is expected to indict him for murder. the grand jury could indict the mayor for fraud and embezzlement
Recent Examples on the Web Abbas has not been formally indicted, and the government has 30 days to indict him, his attorney said Thursday. Faith Karimi, CNN, "He flaunted private jets and luxury cars on Instagram. Feds used his posts to link him to alleged cyber crimes," 12 July 2020 Two men were later acquitted on murder charges, and a grand jury refused to indict them on kidnapping charges. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Emmett Till's lynching ignited a civil rights movement. Historians say George Floyd's death could do the same," 7 June 2020 He was charged with rape in 1982, but a grand jury did not indict him. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "He spent 25 years in prison for nearly killing a girl. He got out, assaulted one woman, killed another," 26 June 2020 Although a grand jury declined to indict the duo, the death touched off months of protests — exacerbated about three months later when a Columbus officer shot and killed 13-year-old Tyre King. Darrel Rowland, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Columbus, Ohio, does not have highest rate of African American deaths by police," 10 June 2020 Lopera faced charges, including involuntary manslaughter, but after a grand jury declined to indict him, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson dropped the charges. Anita Hassan, NBC News, "When Byron Williams died saying 'I can't breathe,' few protested. Now his family is fighting for justice.," 18 June 2020 Grand juries failed to indict the officers who killed Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014; Eric Garner, in Staten Island, in 2014; and Tamir Rice, in Cleveland, in 2014. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "How the Charges Against Derek Chauvin Fit Into a Vision of Criminal-Justice Reform," 17 June 2020 At least Milley knows no court of justice would ever indict him. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "America’s Top General Isn’t That Sorry," 11 June 2020 After an investigation, a grand jury declined to indict Loehmann. Dallas News, "Same story, different outcomes: Tampa Bay pitcher Colin Poche demands justice for Tamir Rice," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of indict

circa 1626, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for indict

alteration of earlier indite, from Middle English inditen, from Anglo-French enditer to write, point out, indict — more at indite

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The first known use of indict was circa 1626

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“Indict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indict

chiefly US, law : to formally decide that someone should be put on trial for a crime


in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio) \
indicted; indicting

Kids Definition of indict

: to formally charge with an offense or crime

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indictment \ -​ˈdīt-​mənt \ noun
in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio) \

Legal Definition of indict

: to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a grand jury in due form of law — compare accuse, arraign, charge

History and Etymology for indict

alteration of earlier indite, from Anglo-French enditer, from Old French, to write down, ultimately from Latin indicere to proclaim, from in- toward + dicere to say

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