Definition of vindicate in US English:

vindicate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion.

    ‘hospital staff were vindicated by the inquest verdict’
    • ‘Had he been vindicated in the 1970s, he says he would have made the journey.’
    • ‘She comes out with an agenda, to vindicate Michael, but not to talk about herself, and I thought that was very telling.’
    • ‘The former trade minister says that he is happy to submit to any tests that help vindicate him.’
    • ‘Yet it goes to the credit of the author that she has tried to vindicate him with rare conviction and commitment.’
    • ‘The purpose of a libel action is to enable the Plaintiff to clear his name of the libel, to vindicate his character.’
    • ‘He was vindicated when UBS eventually settled out of court but hesitates when asked how much he won.’
    • ‘One can assume that not everyone understood, or believed, that the more accurate lab tests vindicated him.’
    • ‘Not showing the replays - which would have vindicated the officials instantly - only inflamed the situation.’
    • ‘But a judge and jury at York Crown Court has vindicated the officers over their treatment of Wilf Barlow, 40.’
    • ‘Gidney thinks it will vindicate him, his enemies hope it will damn him.’
    • ‘After a long legal battle workers were vindicated when an industrial tribunal unanimously decided they had been unfairly dismissed.’
    • ‘Representing himself, his argument will be that he has a right to vindicate his person and what he describes as his ‘good name’.’
    • ‘Adrian was relieved and elated at the time the police vindicated him and David but that didn't last too long.’
    • ‘But rather than vindicating the staff I think this is more damning.’
    • ‘The verdict of the Court of Appeal today serves to vindicate her and stands as testimony to the unstinting efforts of those supporting her.’
    • ‘But people need to remember, she's in prison and we're hoping to vindicate her.’
    • ‘Against my own inclinations, I hope you're vindicated, because I'm fond of the magazine.’
    • ‘It wasn't until the third test, conducted in a laboratory days later, that he was vindicated.’
    • ‘Ms Hanley vowed to continue the fight to vindicate her late father's name and reputation.’
    • ‘My father was eventually vindicated, but not before he had spent months in Brixton prison.’
    acquit, clear, absolve, free from blame, declare innocent, exonerate, exculpate, discharge, liberate, free, deliver, redeem
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    1. 1.1 Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified.
      ‘more sober views were vindicated by events’
      • ‘Until now welfare reform has proved all its critics wrong and more than vindicated its supporters.’
      • ‘Of course when we found the mines on board, that vindicated our concerns.’
      • ‘A final area where progressive economics has been vindicated concerns the dangers of deflation.’
      • ‘He said this, and the good performance from other products, vindicated his view that producer prices should be held.’
      • ‘Our approach to training was vindicated by the results achieved when the dogs were formally evaluated.’
      • ‘I really think Wanderers have done themselves proud this season and results vindicate Sam's attitude.’
      • ‘But they have been as concerned with vindicating the legitimacy of moral practice and argument as with anything else.’
      • ‘Well, your Honour's view about that was vindicated in the judgment of the Court.’
      • ‘It also vindicated her version of events on that tragic day in the Outback.’
      • ‘These revelations certainly vindicate the concerns he expressed at the time.’
      • ‘The smartest way to steal their thunder - and vindicate the event - was to highlight an alternative agenda that the protesters cared about.’
      • ‘Today's result vindicates the hard work we have done during the winter and gives us an excellent platform on which to build for the rest of the season.’
      • ‘All in all it was a great return for Roy and totally vindicated Brian Kerr's determination to get him back in an Irish shirt.’
      • ‘Others say they feel their anti-war stance has been vindicated by the events of the last week, although they stress they take no pleasure from it.’
      • ‘She feels the achievement vindicates the club's support for the team.’
      • ‘Inherent in Augustine's lifelong concern to vindicate providence was his belief that no pain or loss is undeserved.’
      • ‘These warnings appear to be amply vindicated by events in recent years.’
      • ‘The events of yesterday vindicated those who supported the idea of a road to bypass the Bingley bottleneck.’
      • ‘Our concerns were finally vindicated when an anonymous whistle-blower called in the National Audit Office.’
      • ‘People feel that we were vindicated in opposing the war.’
      justify, warrant, substantiate, establish, demonstrate, ratify, authenticate, verify, confirm, corroborate, prove, defend, offer grounds for, support, back, evidence, bear out, bear witness to, endorse, give credence to, lend weight to
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘deliver, rescue’): from Latin vindicat- ‘claimed, avenged’, from the verb vindicare, from vindex, vindic- ‘claimant, avenger’.

Pronunciation

vindicate

/ˈvindəˌkāt//ˈvɪndəˌkeɪt/