Definition of acquit in English:

acquit

Syllabification: ac·quit
Pronunciation: /əˈkwit
 
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verb (acquits, acquitting, acquitted)

1 [with object] (usually be acquitted) Free (someone) from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty: she was acquitted on all counts the jury acquitted him of murder
More 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.
Synonyms
clear, exonerate, find innocent, absolve; discharge, release, free, set free
informal let off (the hook)
formal exculpate
2 (acquit oneself) Conduct oneself or perform in a specified way: all the young women in the contest acquitted themselves well
More 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.
Synonyms
behave (oneself), conduct oneself, perform, act
formal comport oneself
2.1 (acquit oneself of) archaic Discharge (a duty or responsibility): they acquitted themselves of their charge with vigilance
More 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.

Origin

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'.

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