acquit oneself

Definition of acquit oneself

  1. :  to act or behave in a specified way —used to express approval or (less commonly) disapproval of someone's behavior or performance The soldiers acquitted themselves well/honorably in battle. The young actress acquitted herself extremely well/capably in her first film. He acquitted himself poorly in handling the controversy.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to discharge completely (as from an accusation or obligation)

    :  to conduct (oneself) usually satisfactorily especially under stress

    :  to pay off (something, such as a claim or debt)

  1. :  one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

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