Definition of acquit
- The court acquitted the prisoner.
- The recruits acquitted themselves like veterans.
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
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: to decide that someone is not guilty of a crime
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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