verb ac·quit \ə-ˈkwit\

: to decide that someone is not guilty of a crime


Full Definition of ACQUIT

transitive verb
a archaic :  to pay off (as a claim or debt)
b obsolete :  repay, requite
:  to discharge completely (as from an obligation or accusation) <the court acquitted the prisoner>
:  to conduct (oneself) usually satisfactorily especially under stress <the recruits acquitted themselves like veterans>
ac·quit·ter noun

Examples of ACQUIT

  1. The jury acquitted the defendant because there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of the crime.
  2. <acquitted of the robbery charge after proving he was nowhere near the scene of the crime>

Origin of ACQUIT

Middle English aquiten, from Anglo-French aquiter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + quite free of — more at quit
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of ACQUIT

behave, conduct, deport, comport, acquit mean to act or to cause oneself to do something in a certain way. behave may apply to the meeting of a standard of what is proper or decorous <the children behaved in church>. conduct implies action or behavior that shows the extent of one's power to control or direct oneself <conducted herself with unfailing good humor>. deport implies behaving so as to show how far one conforms to conventional rules of discipline or propriety <the hero deported himself in accord with the code of chivalry>. comport suggests conduct measured by what is expected or required of one in a certain class or position <comported themselves as gentlemen>. acquit applies to action under stress that deserves praise or meets expectations <acquitted herself well in her first assignment>.

exculpate, absolve, exonerate, acquit, vindicate mean to free from a charge. exculpate implies a clearing from blame or fault often in a matter of small importance <exculpating himself from the charge of overenthusiasm>. absolve implies a release either from an obligation that binds the conscience or from the consequences of disobeying the law or committing a sin <cannot be absolved of blame>. exonerate implies a complete clearance from an accusation or charge and from any attendant suspicion of blame or guilt <exonerated by the investigation>. acquit implies a formal decision in one's favor with respect to a definite charge <voted to acquit the defendant>. vindicate may refer to things as well as persons that have been subjected to critical attack or imputation of guilt, weakness, or folly, and implies a clearing effected by proving the unfairness of such criticism or blame <her judgment was vindicated>.
ACQUITTED Defined for Kids


verb ac·quit \ə-ˈkwit\

Definition of ACQUIT for Kids

:  to declare innocent of a crime or of wrongdoing
:  to behave in a certain way <You are to acquit yourselves as young ladies and gentlemen.>


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