WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ac•quit /əˈkwɪt/USA pronunciation   v., -quit•ted, -quit•ting. 
  1. Law to declare not guilty of a crime or offense[+ object ( + of + object)]The jury acquitted her of all charges.
  2. to conduct (oneself); behave[+ oneself]acquitted himself well in his first game.
See -quit-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ac•quit  (ə kwit), 
v.t., -quit•ted, -quit•ting. 
  1. Lawto relieve from a charge of fault or crime;
    declare not guilty:They acquitted him of the crime. The jury acquitted her, but I still think she's guilty.
  2. to release or discharge (a person) from an obligation.
  3. to settle or satisfy (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.).
  4. to bear or conduct (oneself ); behave:He acquitted himself well in battle.
  5. to free or clear (oneself ):He acquitted himself of suspicion.
Etymology:
  • Medieval Latin quit(t)us, Latin quiētus quiet1; compare quit
  • Anglo-French, Old French a(c)quiter, derivative, with a(c)- ac-, of quite free of obligations
  • Middle English aquiten 1200–50
ac•quitter, n. 
1 . exculpate. See absolve.  2 . free. 1 . convict.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

acquit /əˈkwɪt/ vb ( -quits, -quitting, -quitted)(transitive)
  1. (followed by of) to free or release (from a charge of crime)
  2. to pronounce not guilty
  3. (followed by of) to free or relieve (from an obligation, duty, responsibility, etc)
  4. to repay or settle (something, such as a debt or obligation)
  5. to perform (one's part); conduct (oneself)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French aquiter, from quiter to release, free from, quit

acˈquitter n



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