acquit

[ uh-kwit ]
/ əˈkwɪt /

verb (used with object), ac·quit·ted, ac·quit·ting.

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.
to release or discharge (a person) from an obligation.
to settle or satisfy (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.).
to bear or conduct (oneself); behave: He acquitted himself well in battle.
to free or clear (oneself): He acquitted himself of suspicion.

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Origin of acquit

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English aquiten, from Anglo-French, Old French a(c)quiter, derivative, with a(c)- “toward” (see ac-), from quite “free of obligations,” from Medieval Latin quit(t)us, Latin quiētus (see quiet1); cf. quit1

synonym study for acquit

1. See absolve.

OTHER WORDS FROM acquit

ac·quit·ter, nounpre·ac·quit, verb (used with object), pre·ac·quit·ted, pre·ac·quit·ting.un·ac·quit·ted, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH acquit

acquitted , innocent, nolo contendere
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British Dictionary definitions for acquit

acquit
/ (əˈkwɪt) /

verb -quits, -quitting or -quitted (tr)

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

Derived forms of acquit

acquitter, noun

Word Origin for acquit

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