from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Law To free or clear from a charge or accusation.
- transitive v. To release or discharge from a duty.
- transitive v. To conduct (oneself) in a specified manner: acquitted herself well during the interview.
- transitive v. Obsolete To repay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To declare or find not guilty; innocent.
- v. To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge.
- v. To pay for; to atone for
- v. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite, to fulfill.
- v. To clear one’s self.
- v. To bear or conduct one’s self; to perform one’s part.
- v. To release, set free, rescue.
- v. Past participle of acquit, set free, rid of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Acquitted; set free; rid of.
- transitive v. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite.
- transitive v. To pay for; to atone for.
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v.
- transitive v. To clear one's self.
- transitive v. To bear or conduct one's self; to perform one's part
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To release or discharge, as from an obligation, accusation, guilt, censure, suspicion, or whatever is laid against or upon a person as a charge or duty; specifically, in law, to pronounce not guilty: as, we acquit a man of evil intentions; the jury acquitted the prisoner.
- To atone for.
- To settle, as a debt; requite; pay; discharge; fulfil.
- With a reflexive pronoun: To clear one's self.
- To behave; bear or conduct one's self: as, the soldier acquitted himself well in battle; the orator acquitted himself indifferently.
- . To release; set free; rescue.
- Synonyms To exonerate, exculpate, discharge, set free. See absolve.
- To behave, act, bear, conduct, demean, deport, or quit (one's self).
- Past participle of acquit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
- v. behave in a certain manner
Middle English aquiten, from Old French aquiter : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + quite, free, clear (from Medieval Latin quittus, variant of Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere, to rest; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English aquiten, from Old French aquiter, equivalent to a- + quit. See quit, and compare acquiet. (Wiktionary)