acquit: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-kwit'), [key]
— -quit•ted, -quit•ting.
  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&hasp;); behave: He acquitted himself well in battle.
  5. to free or clear (oneself&hasp;): He acquitted himself of suspicion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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