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acquit

verb ac·quit \ə-ˈkwit\

: to decide that someone is not guilty of a crime

ac·quit·tedac·quit·ting

Full Definition of ACQUIT

transitive verb
1
a archaic :  to pay off (as a claim or debt)
b obsolete :  repay, requite
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>
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

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