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[ uh-kwit ]

verb (used with object)

, ac·quit·ted, ac·quit·ting.
  1. to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; declare not guilty:

    They acquitted him of the crime. The jury acquitted her, but I still think she's guilty.

    Synonyms: vindicate, exonerate, exculpate

    Antonyms: convict

  2. to release or discharge (a person) from an obligation.

    Synonyms: free

  3. to settle or satisfy (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.).
  4. to bear or conduct (oneself); behave:

    He acquitted himself well in battle.

  5. to free or clear (oneself):

    He acquitted himself of suspicion.


/ əˈkwɪt /


  1. foll by of
    1. to free or release (from a charge of crime)
    2. to pronounce not guilty
  2. foll by of to free or relieve (from an obligation, duty, responsibility, etc)
  3. to repay or settle (something, such as a debt or obligation)
  4. to perform (one's part); conduct (oneself)

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Derived Forms

  • acˈquitter, noun

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Other Words From

  • ac·quit·ter noun
  • pre·ac·quit verb (used with object) preacquitted preacquitting

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Word History and Origins

Origin of acquit1

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English aquiten, from Anglo-French, Old French (ac)quiter, derivative, with a(c)- “toward” ( ac- ), from quite “free of obligations,” from Medieval Latin quit(t)us, Latin quiētus ( quiet ); quit 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of acquit1

C13: from Old French aquiter, from quiter to release, free from, quit

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Synonym Study

See absolve.

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Example Sentences

Most Republican senators have plainly decided to acquit the ex-president no matter what.

Webster was charged with second-degree felony assault but acquitted.

Chances for a conviction are low, as a majority of GOP senators have already indicated that they intend to acquit the former president.

Of course, there won’t be a conviction if middle-of-the-road Republicans such as Portman vote to acquit.

On May 16, to the surprise of many, the Senate acquitted Johnson by one vote.

Both trials ended in mistrials, with all of the white jurors voting to convict and all of the black jurors voting to acquit.

She and many others believed that Tuesday, when the court ruled to acquit all 13 defendants, was that day.

But based on the testimony, the evidence and the language of the law, it would have been hard for me to vote to acquit.

And it shows they were almost unanimously inclined to acquit right from jump.

In March of this year, a jury here took just 45 minutes to acquit Tiller of charges that he performed 19 illegal abortions.

I will tell you later what from the bottom of my heart I wish you to do to acquit the debt we shall contract towards him.

Curiosity to see how she would acquit herself under the circumstances ran high.

Yet, knowing how to make the most of their limited stock of knowledge, they acquit themselves well in conversation.

But, more quickly than he had thought of charging her with this—(he was only an ordinary young man)—he had to acquit her again.

I did, but that isn't evidence that will acquit him in court of being a road agent.


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