WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ac•quit /əˈkwɪt/USA pronunciation v., -quit•ted, -quit•ting.
  1. Law[+ object ( + of + object)] to declare not guilty of a crime or offense:The jury acquitted her of all charges.
  2. [+ oneself] to conduct (oneself); behave:acquitted himself well in his first game.
See -quit-.

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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