WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
vin•di•cate /ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
  1. to clear, as from an accusation or suspicion:to vindicate someone's honor.
  2. to prove to be right or correct:His theory was vindicated by laboratory tests.
vin•di•ca•tion /ˌvɪndɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]a vindication of the theory.[uncountable]He wanted vindication.
vin•di•ca•tor, n. [countable]See -venge-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
vin•di•cate  (vindi kāt′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
  1. to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like:to vindicate someone's honor.
  2. to afford justification for;
    justify:Subsequent events vindicated his policy.
  3. to uphold or justify by argument or evidence:to vindicate a claim.
  4. to assert, maintain, or defend (a right, cause, etc.) against opposition.
  5. to claim for oneself or another.
  6. 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.
  7. to get revenge for;
  8. [Obs.]to deliver from;
  9. [Obs.]to punish.
vindi•ca′tor, n. 
  • 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
  • 1525–35
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exonerate.
    • 3, 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged support.

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vindicate /ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to clear from guilt, accusation, blame, etc, as by evidence or argument
  2. to provide justification for: his promotion vindicated his unconventional attitude
  3. to uphold, maintain, or defend (a cause, etc): to vindicate a claim
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin vindicāre, from vindex claimant

ˈvindiˌcator n ˈvindiˌcatory adj

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