allege, arraign, attribute, blame, censure, charge, cite, denounce, impeach, impute, incriminate, indict, point a or the finger at, recriminate, tax
absolve, answer, defend, deny, exonerate, plea, reply, vindicate
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accuse ( accuses 3rd person present) ( accusing present participle) ( accused past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you accuse someone of doing something wrong or dishonest, you say or tell them that you believe that they did it.
He was accusing my mum of having an affair with another man... V n of n/-ing
Talk things through in stages. Do not accuse or apportion blame. V
2 verb If you are accusedof a crime, a witness or someone in authority states or claims that you did it, and you may be formally charged with it and put on trial.
Her assistant was accused of theft and fraud by the police... be V-ed of n
All seven charges accused him of lying in his testimony... V n of n
The accused men have been given relatively light sentences. V-ed
4 If someone stands accusedof something, they have been accused of it.
stand accused phrase V inflects, PHR of n/-ing
The candidate stands accused of breaking promises even before he's in office...
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