Meaning of acquit


To acquit someone is to clear them of charges. Acquitting also has to do with how you carry or present yourself.

If you’re accused of a crime, then the best thing that can happen to you is being acquitted — that means you were cleared or exonerated of the charges. A defense lawyer wants to have his client acquitted. But watch out for another unrelated meaning: acquitting can mean how you behave, conduct, or carry yourself. If you acquit yourself like a champion, then you’re acting like a champion.

Definitions of acquit
  1. verb

    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges


    assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate

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    find or declare guilty


    clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof

    exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data

    clear of a charge
    type of:

    judge, label, pronounce

    pronounce judgment on

  2. verb

    behave in a certain manner


    bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport

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    be flustered; behave in a confused manner
    assert, put forward

    insist on having one’s opinions and rights recognized

    behave in a certain way towards others
    walk around

    behave in a certain manner or have certain properties
    pose, posture

    behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others
    attitudinise, attitudinize

    assume certain affected attitudes
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    bear, carry, hold

    support or hold in a certain manner
    act, move

    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

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