acquit oneself

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of acquit oneself

: 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

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

  2. : to conduct (oneself) usually satisfactorily especially under stress

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

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

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


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