transitive verb-·quit′ted, -·quit′ting
- to release from a duty, obligation, etc.
- to clear (a person) of a charge, as by declaring him or her not guilty; exonerate
- to bear or conduct (oneself); behave
- Archaic to pay (a debt or claim)
Origin of acquitMiddle English aquiten from Old French aquiter, to free from Medieval Latin acquitare, to settle a claim from Classical Latin ad-, to + quietare: see quiet