(third-person singular simple present absolves, present participle absolving, simple past and past participle absolved)
- To set free, release or discharge (from obligations, debts, responsibility etc.). [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- You will absolve a subject from his allegiance.
- To pronounce free from or give absolution for a penalty, blame, or guilt. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- (law) To pronounce not guilty; to grant a pardon for. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- (theology) To grant a remission of sin; to give absolution to. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- (theology) To remit a sin; to give absolution for a sin. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- To pass a course or test; to gain credit for a class; to qualify academically.
First attested in the early 15th Century. From Middle English absolven, from Latin absolvere, present active infinitive of absolvō (“set free, acquit”), from ab (“away from”) + solvō (“loosen, free, release”).