Simple Definition of acquit
: to decide that someone is not guilty of a crime
Full Definition of acquit
2 : to discharge completely (as from an obligation or accusation) <the court acquitted the prisoner>
3 : to conduct (oneself) usually satisfactorily especially under stress <the recruits acquitted themselves like veterans>
Examples of acquit
The jury acquitted the defendant because there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of the crime.
<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
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>.
Rhymes with acquit
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