On this page:
Definition of the verb acquit
What does acquit mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: acquitted, acquitting
- pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
- example: They want to acquit the prisoners
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula Verbs with the same syntax [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] The doctor cured Pat Verbs of Removing: absolve, exonerate, free, pardon [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme] The doctor cured Pat of pneumonia [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] out of [Theme] The swindler cheated Pat out of her fortune [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate] Studies exonerated program trading as a source of volatility [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] The swindler bilked 20 dollars from his boss [Cause] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme, object control with -ing] It freed him of feeling guilt Free Verbs: absolve, clear, cure, emancipate, free, release, relieve [Cause] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme, not sentential clause] It freed him of guilt
- lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
- synonyms of acquit: assoil / clear / discharge / exculpate / exonerate
- antonym of acquit: convict
- more generic words: judge / label / pronounce = pronounce judgment on
- more specific words:
- entailment: evaluate / judge / pass judgment = form a critical opinion of
- behave in a certain manner
- lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
- synonyms of acquit: bear / behave / carry / comport / conduct / deport
- more generic words: bear / carry / hold = support or hold in a certain manner; act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
- more specific terms:
Alternative definition of the verb acquit
- To declare not guilty; innocent
- synonym: absolve
- [context: followed by “of”, formerly by “from”] To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge, to find not guilty.
- synonym: clear
- [obsolete, rare] To pay for; to atone for
- synonym: exonerate
- To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite, to fulfill.
- synonym: inoccent
- [reflexive] To clear one’s self.
- synonym: exculpate
- [reflexive] To bear or conduct one’s self; to perform one’s part.
- synonym: release
- [obsolete] To release, set free, rescue.
- synonym: discharge
- [archaic] Past participle of 'acquit', set free, rid of.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for acquit
Click on a title to look inside that book (if available):
Commencing with the Summer Circuit of 1822, and Ending with the Summer Circuit of  ... by Great Britain. Courts of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery, Sir Gregory Alnutt Lewin
The maxim of the common law is, that the life of a man shall not be twice put in jeopardy for one and the same offence, and that is the reason and cause that aulerfois acquit is a good plea, yet is intendable of a lawful acquittal or conviction ; for ...
by Dov M. Gabbay, Patrice Canivez, Shahid Rahman, Alexandre Thiercelin
A guilty verdict is the conclusion of a suitably strong abduction, and a verdict to acquit is a judgement to the effect that the evidence permits no abduction of requisite strength to convict. A jury's task is to adjudicate between the rival abductions ...
by George Crabb
To absolve is the free act of an omnipotent and merciful being towards sinners; to acquit is the act of an earthly tribunal towards supposed offenders. By ubsolution we are released from the bondage of sin, and placed in a state of favour with ...
English Synonymes Explained (1824)
In Alphabetical Order by George Crabb
to acquit is the act of an earthly tribunal towards supposed offenders. By absolution we are released from the bondage of sin, and placed in a state of favour with God ; by an acquittal we are released from the charge of guilt, and reinstated in ...
by George Crabb
To absolve is the free act of an omnipotent and merciful being towards sinners; to acquit is the act of an earthly tribunal towards supposed oifenders. By absolution We are released from the bondage of sin, and placed in a state of favour with ...
by G. Crabb
To obsolete is the free not of an omnipoth and mer cil'ul being towards snlnerc; to acquit is the act ofatl earthly tribunal towards supposed ofl'enders; by absoluticn we are released from the bondage of sin, and placed in a state of lavour with ...
Encyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)
*To ACQUIT, v.a. [aequiter, Fr. See Quit.] t.
Acquit, akkwit′ ...
by Arthur English
We will acquit. Acquietancia. An acquittance ; an instrument by which the discharge of a debt is effected. Exemption from service or duty.
Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for acquit
Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic:
Usage statistics about acquit
The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.
Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb acquit:
Comparison of usage frequency between the verb acquit and its most common antonym:
Photos about acquit
If you need images about acquit for an article or a report, you can download stock photos at a very small price:
Video language resources about acquit
Click on an item to play that video:
See also the pronunciation examples of acquit!
Scrabble value of A1C3Q10U1I1T1
The value of this 6-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
Share this page
Go to the usage examples of acquit to see it in context!