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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-zolv, -solv]
    • /æbˈzɒlv, -ˈsɒlv/
    • /əbˈzɒlv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-zolv, -solv]
    • /æbˈzɒlv, -ˈsɒlv/

Definitions of absolve word

  • verb absolve If a report or investigation absolves someone from blame or responsibility, it formally states that he or she is not guilty or is not to blame. 3
  • verb absolve to release from blame, sin, punishment, obligation, or responsibility 3
  • verb absolve to pronounce not guilty; acquit; pardon 3
  • verb transitive absolve to pronounce free from guilt or blame; acquit 3
  • verb transitive absolve to give religious absolution to 3
  • verb transitive absolve to remit (a sin) 3

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Origin of absolve

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
1525-35; < Latin absolvere, equivalent to ab- ab- + solvere to loosen; see solve

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Parts of speech for Absolve


absolve popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for absolve

verb absolve

  • acquit — If someone is acquitted of a crime in a court of law, they are formally declared not to have committed the crime.
  • vindicate — to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to vindicate someone's honor.
  • pardon — kind indulgence, as in forgiveness of an offense or discourtesy or in tolerance of a distraction or inconvenience: I beg your pardon, but which way is Spruce Street?
  • relieve — to ease or alleviate (pain, distress, anxiety, need, etc.).
  • forgive — to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.

Antonyms for absolve

verb absolve

  • blame — If you blame a person or thing for something bad, you believe or say that they are responsible for it or that they caused it.
  • censure — If you censure someone for something that they have done, you tell them that you strongly disapprove of it.
  • condemn — If you condemn something, you say that it is very bad and unacceptable.
  • convict — If someone is convicted of a crime, they are found guilty of that crime in a law court.
  • damn — Damn, damn it, and dammit are used by some people to express anger or impatience.

noun absolve

  • fault — a defect or imperfection; flaw; failing: a fault in the brakes; a fault in one's character.

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