acquit


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Acquit \Ac*quit"\, p. p.
   Acquitted; set free; rid of. [Archaic] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Acquit \Ac*quit"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Acquitted; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Acquitting.] [OE. aquiten, OF. aquiter, F. acquitter; ?
   (L. ad) + OF. quiter, F. quitter, to quit. See Quit, and
   cf. Acquiet.]
   1. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay
      off; to requite.
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            A responsibility that can never be absolutely
            acquitted.                            --I. Taylor.
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   2. To pay for; to atone for. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   3. To set free, release or discharge from an obligation,
      duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge;
      -- now followed by of before the charge, formerly by from;
      as, the jury acquitted the prisoner; we acquit a man of
      evil intentions.
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   4. Reflexively:
      (a) To clear one's self. --Shak.
      (b) To bear or conduct one's self; to perform one's part;
          as, the soldier acquitted himself well in battle; the
          orator acquitted himself very poorly.
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   Syn: To absolve; clear; exonerate; exonerate; exculpate;
        release; discharge. See Absolve.
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