verb (acquits, acquitting, acquitted)
- 1 [with object] Free (someone) from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty: she was acquitted on all counts the jury acquitted Bream of murderMore example sentences
- The four white officers were acquitted on criminal charges a year after the shooting.
- On four of the seven charges he was acquitted; on the other three the jury was unable to agree.
- The five officers were acquitted of manslaughter charges on the direction of the trial judge.
- 2 (acquit oneself) Conduct oneself or perform in a specified way: the goalkeeper acquitted himself wellMore example sentences
- All performers acquitted themselves with considerable talent and enthusiasm and seemed to genuinely enjoy their roles.
- However, it was a wonderful event and the performers all acquitted themselves well.
- Unlike the usual heroine, she has been given enough scope to perform and she acquits herself well.
- 2.1 (acquit oneself of) • archaic Discharge (a duty or responsibility): they acquitted themselves of their charge with vigilanceMore example sentences
- They felt they'd acquitted themselves of their minimum responsibility but getting the statement into the technically true category.
- The administration will finally have acquitted itself of the charge of failing to admit its mistakes, but at a terrible price.
- We life members of the thinking classes naturally acquit ourselves of bias from the start.
Middle English (originally in the sense 'pay a debt, discharge a liability'): from Old French acquiter, from medieval Latin acquitare 'pay a debt', from ad- 'to' + quitare 'set free'.