Definitions for: Acquit


[v] pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
[v] behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ac*quit", p. p.
Acquitted; set free; rid of. [Archaic] --Shak.


Ac*quit", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Acquitted; p. pr. & vb.
n. Acquitting.] [OE. aquiten, OF. aquiter, F. acquitter; ?
(L. ad) + OF. quiter, F. quitter, to quit. See Quit, and
cf. Acquiet.]
1. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay
off; to requite.

A responsibility that can never be absolutely
acquitted. --I. Taylor.

2. To pay for; to atone for. [Obs.] --Shak.

3. To set free, release or discharge from an obligation,
duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge;
-- now followed by of before the charge, formerly by from;
as, the jury acquitted the prisoner; we acquit a man of
evil intentions.

4. Reflexively:
(a) To clear one's self. --Shak.
(b) To bear or conduct one's self; to perform one's part;
as, the soldier acquitted himself well in battle; the
orator acquitted himself very poorly.

Syn: To absolve; clear; exonerate; exonerate; exculpate;
release; discharge. See Absolve.

Synonyms: assoil, bear, behave, carry, clear, comport, conduct, deport, discharge, exculpate, exonerate

Antonyms: convict

See Also: act, assert, deal, fluster, hold, judge, label, move, pose, pronounce, purge, put forward, vindicate, walk around, whitewash

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