acquit


acquit
/əˈkwɪt / (say uh'kwit)

verb (t) (acquitted, acquitting)
1. (sometimes followed by of) to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; pronounce not guilty.
2. to release or discharge (a person) from an obligation.
3. to settle (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.).
phrase
4. acquit oneself,
a. to behave; bear or conduct oneself: *He vowed to God that he would henceforth forswear not only cards and alcohol and smutty talk, but also that he would acquit himself with dignity –peter carey, 1988.
b. to achieve a specified result in a test, competition, etc.: to acquit oneself well.
c. to clear oneself: she acquitted herself of suspicion.
{Middle English aquite(n), from Old French aquiter. See ad-, quit}
acquitter, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • acquit — ac·quit /ə kwit/ vb ac·quit·ted, ac·quit·ting [Old French acquiter to pay off, absolve, acquit, from a , prefix marking causation + quite free (of an obligation)] vt: to discharge completely: as a: to release from liability for a debt or other… …   Law dictionary

  • acquit — Acquit. s. m. v. Quitance. J en ay un bon acquit. je fourniray tous les acquits bons & valables. acquit patent. On dit, Payer une chose à l acquit d un autre, pour dire, La payer à la descharge d un autre. J ay payé cela à l acquit de la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Acquit — (fr., spr. Akki), 1) Aussatz der Kugel beim Billard; 2) Empfangschein, Quittung überhaupt, besonders auf Wechseln (sd.). Acquit a comptant (spr. Akki a congtang), sonst seit Ludwig XV. in Frankreich eigenhändige Quittungen des Königs über… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Acquit — (frz., spr. ackí), Quittung, Empfangsschein; pour a. oder par a. (pr. a.), Quittungsformel auf Rechnungen, Wechseln etc. Beim Billard ist A. (A. geben) das Aussetzen des Balles. – Acquit à caution (spr. ackitakohßĭóng), Begleitschein von… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • acquit — [v1] announce removal of blame absolve, blink at*, clear, deliver, discharge, disculpate, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, free, let go, let off, let off the hook*, liberate, release, relieve, vindicate, whitewash*, wink at*, wipe off*; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • acquit — ► VERB (acquitted, acquitting) 1) formally declare that (someone) is not guilty of a criminal charge. 2) (acquit oneself) behave or perform in a specified way. DERIVATIVES acquittal noun. ORIGIN Latin acquitare pay a debt …   English terms dictionary

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  • Acquit — (franz., spr. ackí), Quittung, Empfangschein; pour a., soviel wie den Empfang bescheinigt, empfangen. – Beim Billard bedeutet A. das Aussetzen des Balles (s. Billard) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Acquit — Acquit, quittirt …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon