Acquit Definition

acquits, acquitted, acquitting
acquits, acquitted, acquitting
To find not guilty of a criminal offense.
American Heritage
To release from a duty, obligation, etc.
Webster's New World
To conduct (oneself) in a specified manner.
Acquitted herself well during the interview.
American Heritage
To clear (a person) of a charge, as by declaring him or her not guilty; exonerate.
Webster's New World
To release or discharge from an obligation, such as a debt.
American Heritage

Origin of Acquit

  • Middle English aquiten from Old French aquiter a- to (from Latin ad- ad–) quite free, clear (from Medieval Latin quittus) (variant of Latin quiētus) (past participle of quiēscere to rest kweiə- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English aquiten, from Old French aquiter, equivalent to a- +‎ quit. See quit, and compare acquiet.

    From Wiktionary

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