Definition of acquit in English:

acquit

verb

  • 1with object Free (someone) from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty.

    ‘she was acquitted on all counts’
    ‘the jury acquitted Bream of murder’
    • ‘The jury that the accused thought must acquit him, came in with a verdict of guilty within 90 minutes.’
    • ‘The fact that you have not had a fair trial is irrelevant if you are acquitted.’
    • ‘On four of the seven charges he was acquitted; on the other three the jury was unable to agree.’
    • ‘The five officers were acquitted of manslaughter charges on the direction of the trial judge.’
    • ‘The third was that there was fresh evidence which could have led the jury to acquit him.’
    • ‘In such event they might have acquitted him of murder, though finding him guilty of assisting the offender.’
    • ‘Smith was acquitted of an affray charge and told to pay her fine at £10 a week.’
    • ‘He is acquitted of theft but convicted of handling and sent to prison.’
    • ‘I am reminded by our learned friends that he was acquitted of the offences.’
    • ‘One of those cases saw him being acquitted of suborning perjury in a case involving an animal rights terrorist.’
    • ‘A jury needed less than half an hour to acquit him of the charges.’
    • ‘To the amazement of Evangelical Christians, he was acquitted of the charges.’
    • ‘The South African attorney general later acquitted her on the grounds of self-defence.’
    • ‘The four white officers were acquitted on criminal charges a year after the shooting.’
    • ‘He was acquitted of charges of abuse and fraud in relation to the oil deal.’
    • ‘If you think that, because he was so drunk, he did not intend or may not have intended to kill or cause grievous bodily harm, then you must acquit him.’
    • ‘On Friday she was acquitted of the charge and wept with relief when she realised her nightmare was finally over.’
    • ‘Nine months after his conviction, however, an appeals judge acquitted him of all charges.’
    • ‘A multi-ethnic jury acquits all officers charged in the shooting.’
    • ‘But again, we are giving far greater credence to that idea every time a jury acquits another guilty man.’
    absolve, clear, exonerate, exculpate, declare innocent, find innocent, pronounce not guilty
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  • 2acquit oneself ofConduct oneself or perform in a specified way.

    ‘the goalkeeper acquitted himself well’
    • ‘On that evening of great significance it cannot have been easy for her to relax into the role, but clearly she acquitted herself well.’
    • ‘They lost just twice all season and finished five points ahead of the pack to charge back to the top flight where they acquitted themselves well with some great performances.’
    • ‘Of the performances, she acquits herself well in the lead role, but too many of the other performers feel under-used.’
    • ‘The home team acquitted themselves well and showed good spirit throughout to beat the talented Portadown side by 0-14 to 0-5.’
    • ‘The Community Games Finals took place in Mosney over the past two weekends, with participants from the locality acquitting themselves very well.’
    • ‘She performs a solo of impossible postures, in which she acquits herself with aplomb, but which leaves the spectator's mind and muscles tensed to the point of spasm.’
    • ‘Two of last year's under-14 squad made their championship debuts and both players acquitted themselves extremely well.’
    • ‘Unlike the usual heroine, she has been given enough scope to perform and she acquits herself well.’
    • ‘While his performance during the exercise was not especially noteworthy, he acquitted himself satisfactorily overall.’
    • ‘There were some fine individual performances in the match with all the team acquitting themselves very well even though some were only making their championship debut.’
    • ‘I'm relatively sure that I can acquit myself well in an interview as well - but my performance in that interview is less important to me at the moment than getting to it.’
    • ‘Gearing up for the season ending play-offs, the trip gave enough reassurance of the strength in depth at the Club with both newcomers acquitting themselves with distinction.’
    • ‘But with the eyes of the crowd, not to mention several million television viewers, trained on her performance, Tabb acquitted herself well - slight teething problems notwithstanding.’
    • ‘However, it was a wonderful event and the performers all acquitted themselves well.’
    • ‘He acquits himself well as director, and coaxes excellent performances from the adults.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, Martha, I feel that the grace with which you have acquitted yourself throughout this entire situation demonstrates the ample strength of your character.’
    • ‘They acquitted themselves really well with some fine performances in the First Division of this MAZDA-sponsored AAI event.’
    • ‘She still hedges a bit on her command responsibility, but I think she actually acquitted herself quite well in this online discussion.’
    • ‘All who are interested in sport and in England's identity as a nation will be thrilled with the honours bestowed on the World Cup Squad who acquitted themselves so magnificently just over a month ago.’
    • ‘All performers acquitted themselves with considerable talent and enthusiasm and seemed to genuinely enjoy their roles.’
    conduct oneself, bear oneself
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    1. 2.1acquit oneself ofarchaic Discharge (a duty or responsibility)
      ‘they acquitted themselves of their charge with vigilance’
      • ‘We life members of the thinking classes naturally acquit ourselves of bias from the start.’
      • ‘May 1998 be the year that we finally acquit ourselves of it with honour.’
      • ‘The administration will finally have acquitted itself of the charge of failing to admit its mistakes, but at a terrible price.’
      • ‘Together with Aleksandrov he acquitted himself of this task.’
      • ‘They felt they'd acquitted themselves of their minimum responsibility but getting the statement into the technically true category.’
      discharge, execute, perform, do, carry out, effect, implement, bring about, bring off, accomplish, achieve, fulfil, complete
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Origin

Middle English (originally in the sense ‘pay a debt, discharge a liability’): from Old French acquiter, from medieval Latin acquitare ‘pay a debt’, from ad- ‘to’ + quitare ‘set free’.

Pronunciation

acquit

/əˈkwɪt/