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Definitions of acquit word
- verb acquit If someone is acquitted of a crime in a court of law, they are formally declared not to have committed the crime. 3
- verb acquit If you acquit yourself well or admirably in a particular situation, other people feel that you have behaved well or admirably. 3
- verb acquit to free or release (from a charge of crime) 3
- verb acquit to pronounce not guilty 3
- verb acquit to free or relieve (from an obligation, duty, responsibility, etc) 3
- verb acquit to repay or settle (something, such as a debt or obligation) 3
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Origin of acquit
First appearance:before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
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. quit1
Parts of speech for Acquit
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for acquit
- vindicate — to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to vindicate someone's honor.
- clear — Something that is clear is easy to understand, see, or hear.
- 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.
- free — enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery: a land of free people.
- discharge — to relieve of a charge or load; unload: to discharge a ship.
Antonyms for acquit
- accuse — If you accuse someone of doing something wrong or dishonest, you say or tell them that you believe that they did it.
- 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.
- convict — If someone is convicted of a crime, they are found guilty of that crime in a law court.
- punish — to subject to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., as a penalty for some offense, transgression, or fault: to punish a criminal.
- sentence — Grammar. a grammatical unit of one or more words that expresses an independent statement, question, request, command, exclamation, etc., and that typically has a subject as well as a predicate, as in John is here. or Is John here? In print or writing, a sentence typically begins with a capital letter and ends with appropriate punctuation; in speech it displays recognizable, communicative intonation patterns and is often marked by preceding and following pauses.
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