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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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 Additionally, in late March, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted Trump regarding alleged hush money payments made to cover up extramarital affairs before the 2016 election. Jenny Goldsberry, Washington Examiner, 26 June 2023 In late March, a state grand jury in New York indicted Trump on charges of falsifying business records to shield hush-money payments. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 25 June 2023 Chad Doerman, 32, was indicted Thursday on nine counts of aggravated murder, eight counts of kidnapping and four counts of assault in connection with the June 15 deaths of his sons, according to the Associated Press, Fox 19, and WCPO Cincinnati. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 23 June 2023 She was originally indicted in June 2022 on a murder charge. CBS News, 21 June 2023 Ken Paxton has yet to repay a $125,000 campaign loan that Patrick gave him in 2018, when Paxton’s reelection appeared vulnerable after being indicted three years earlier on securities fraud charges. Jim Vertuno and Paul J. Weber,, 21 June 2023 And in the late 1990s, a bribery scandal erupted around the process in which Salt Lake City won the bid for the 2002 Winter Games, with a senior Olympic official acknowledging widespread corruption and two chief organizers indicted on charges that included conspiracy to commit bribery. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 20 June 2023 Trump announced on June 8 that he had been indicted, and according to the White House, Biden learned of the 37 felony counts against the former president through news coverage. Lindsay Whitehurst, ajc, 18 June 2023 Jeremiah Reese, 20, and Vincent Miller Jr., 18, were indicted this week by a Hamilton County grand jury on various charges connected to the April 25 shooting. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 16 June 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of indict was in 1531

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Cite this Entry

“Indict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​dict in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio)
: to charge with an offense or crime : accuse

Legal Definition


transitive verb
in·​dict in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio)
: to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a grand jury in due form of law compare accuse, arraign, charge

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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