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acquit

[uh-kwit] /əˈkwɪt/
verb (used with object), acquitted, acquitting.
1.
to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; declare not guilty:
They acquitted him of the crime. The jury acquitted her, but I still think she's guilty.
2.
to release or discharge (a person) from an obligation.
3.
to settle or satisfy (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.).
4.
to bear or conduct (oneself); behave:
He acquitted himself well in battle.
5.
to free or clear (oneself):
He acquitted himself of suspicion.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English aquiten < Anglo-French, Old French a(c)quiter, derivative, with a(c)- ac-, of quite free of obligations < Medieval Latin quit(t)us, Latin quiētus quiet1; cf. quit
Related forms
acquitter, noun
preacquit, verb (used with object), preacquitted, preacquitting.
unacquitted, adjective
Can be confused
acquitted, innocent, nolo contendere (see synonym study at innocent)
Synonyms
1. exculpate. See absolve. 2. free.
Antonyms
1. convict.
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Examples from the web for acquit
  • If the defense can make the case for reasonable doubt, the jury is supposed to acquit.
  • In both courts, the judges direct their juries to acquit.
  • In a dramatic win nine years ago, he persuaded a jury to acquit.
  • You don't need proof to acquit someone, you need proof to convict someone.
  • If you believe everything the defendant's attorney and his witnesses have said, you will acquit him.
  • He was impeached and then acquitted in a 1999 trial.
  • In this instance, he needs to be prosecuted so that the jury can acquit, and put the matter to rest.
  • It can take only a single obscure detail, they said, to acquit a work of art.
  • That was a criminal issue, and the criminal jury acquitted him 16 months ago.
  • When he does fight, he doesn't acquit himself well.
British Dictionary definitions for acquit

acquit

/əˈkwɪt/
verb (transitive) -quits, -quitting, -quitted
1.
(foll by of)
  1. to free or release (from a charge of crime)
  2. to pronounce not guilty
2.
(foll by of) to free or relieve (from an obligation, duty, responsibility, etc)
3.
to repay or settle (something, such as a debt or obligation)
4.
to perform (one's part); conduct (oneself)
Derived Forms
acquitter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French aquiter, from quiter to release, free from, quit
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Word Origin and History for acquit
v.

early 13c., "to satisfy a debt" (either for oneself or on behalf of another), from Old French aquiter "pay, pay up, settle a claim" (12c.), from à "to" (see ad-) + quite "free, clear" (see quit (adj.)). Meanings "set free from charges" and "to discharge one's duty" both recorded from late 14c. Related: Acquitted; acquitting.

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