Verb acquit Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


acquit (third-person singular simple present acquits, present participle acquitting or acquiting, simple past and past participle acquitted or acquited)

  1. To declare or find not guilty; innocent.
  2. (followed by “of”, formerly by “from”) To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge.
  3. (obsolete, rare) To pay for; to atone for
  4. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite, to fulfill.
  5. (reflexive) To clear oneself.
  6. (reflexive) To bear or conduct oneself; to perform one’s part.
  7. (obsolete) To release, set free, rescue.
  8. (archaic) past participle of acquit

More definition: 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. release or discharge (a person) from an obligation. settle or satisfy (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.). bear or conduct (oneself); behave, He acquitted himself well in battle. free or clear (oneself), He acquitted himself of suspicion.

1. (foll by of) to free or release (from a charge of crime) 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 Formsacquitter, noun Word OriginC13, from Old French aquiter, from quiter to release, free from, quitCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


We cannot wholly acquit the Italians of their share of blame.

Moderns generally acquit him of this charge; but his severer critics still urge that, from the inherent defects of his character, his credulity, his love of effect and his loose and inaccurate habits of thought, he was unfitted for the historian's office, and has produced a work of but small historical value.

The Japanese mission had vanished in blood in 1651; and though many Jesuits died with their converts bravely as martyrs for the faith, yet it is impossible to acquit them of a large share in the causes of that overthrow.

Mahomet himself had to disclaim such titles, because he felt himself to be a divinely inspired prophet; but we too, from our standpoint, shall fully acquit him of poetic genius.

Those who blame Bacon must acquit Essex of all wrong-doing.

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