Meaning of “accuse” in the English Dictionary

"accuse" in English

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accuseverb [ T ]

uk /əˈkjuːz/ us /əˈkjuːz/

B2 to say that someone has done something morally wrong, illegal, or unkind:

"It wasn't my fault." "Don't worry, I'm not accusing you."
He's been accused of robbery/murder.
Are you accusing me of lying?
The surgeon was accused of negligence.
stand accused of sth formal

If you stand accused of doing something wrong, people say that you have done it:

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accuser
noun [ C ] uk /əˈkjuː.zər/ us /əˈkjuː.zɚ/

She was given the chance to face her accusers.

(Definition of “accuse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accuse" in American English

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accuseverb [ T ]

us /əˈkjuz/

to say that someone is responsible for a crime or for having done something wrong:

He was accused of failing to pay his taxes.
She accused me of lying.
accusation
noun [ C ] us /ˌæk·jəˈzeɪ·ʃən/

He denied the accusation, saying he was innocent.

(Definition of “accuse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"accuse" in Business English

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accuseverb [ T ]

uk /əˈkjuːz/ us LAW

to say that someone has done something wrong or illegal:

accuse sb of (doing) sth He is accused of misleading investors and lenders about the financial health of the company.

(Definition of “accuse” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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accuse

The worst thing that the public accuse us of is that we are over-bureaucratic, with laws that are too divorced from reality and that bring them no benefit.
Since we cannot reasonably accuse you, of all people, of political schizophrenia, there must be a number of objective reasons for this situation.
When looking for the source of the deadly bacteria, and in the absence of hard evidence, we accuse each other, restrict imports and exports of commodities and claim compensation.
Our immunity is in fact a shield which protects us: we can accuse, insult, and do whatever we like, but that, of course, is contrary to political ethics.
Faced with a crisis which demands urgent, realistic and pragmatic measures, some people prefer to accuse the opposition in order to hide their own sins.
I therefore accuse some governments of having deliberately sought this legal vacuum in order finally to do away with certain social rights achieved after a huge battle in this sector.
I did not accuse any nation.
No one can accuse you of doing things by halves: 17 francs tax on a litre of wine, but a mere 6.50 francs on a litre of beer!
There is no objective standard for taxation, and it is therefore not possible to accuse those states that apply low company taxation levels of fiscal dumping.
Do not accuse us of squandering now.