to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like:to vindicate someone's honor.
to afford justification for; justify:Subsequent events vindicated his policy.
to uphold or justify by argument or evidence:to vindicate a claim.
to assert, maintain, or defend (a right, cause, etc.) against opposition.
to claim for oneself or another.
Law[Roman and Civil Law.]to regain possession, under claim of title of property through legal procedure, or to assert one's right to possession.
to get revenge for; avenge.
[Obs.]to deliver from; liberate.
Latin vindicātus (past participle of vindicāre to lay legal claim to (property), to free (someone) from servitude (by claiming him as free), to protect, avenge, punish), equivalent. to vindic- (stem of vindex claimant, protector, avenger) + -ātus -ate1
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exonerate.
3, 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged support.