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acquit

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1  —as in:
she was acquitted
Definition to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
  • It took the jury only 30 minutes to acquit her of the murder charge.
acquit = officially find "not guilty"
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She was acquitted of all charges.
  • acquitted = officially found "not guilty"
  • Despite acquittal on criminal charges, controversy remains and civil charges may be pending.
  • acquittal = an official finding of "not guilty"
  • Better acquit ten guilty men than punish one innocent man!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • acquit = officially find "not guilty"
  • She is to be tried today, and I hope, I sincerely hope, that she will be acquitted.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • acquitted = officially found "not guilty"
  • A jury's not made up of battered women, but they've been known to acquit them before.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • acquit = officially found "not guilty"
  • "You think they'll acquit him that fast?" asked Jem.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • acquit = officially declare "not guilty"
  • Then he said I was acquitted and the whole case was closed.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • acquitted = officially found "not guilty"
  • Frankly, I don't see how we can vote for acquittal.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • acquittal = an official finding of "not guilty"
  • I do not pretend to know which was most to blame in their disagreements, though the Admiral's present conduct might incline one to the side of his wife; but it is natural and amiable that Miss Crawford should acquit her aunt entirely.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
acquit = find blameless

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2  —as in:
she acquitted herself well
Definition to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
  • Although they did not win, the team acquitted itself well and we were proud to have them represent us.
acquitted = handled (itself in a specified way)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She acquitted herself well at the interview.
  • acquitted = handled (oneself in a specified way)
  • Twice I actually hired myself as an under-mate in a Greenland whaler, and acquitted myself to admiration.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • acquitted = handled
  • After all that I said to her as we came along, I thought she would have behaved better; I told her how much might depend upon her acquitting herself well at first.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • acquitting = handling (in the specified way)
  • Danglars acquitted himself like a man placed between two dangerous positions, and who is rendered brave by fear.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
  • I had never before seen a centaur hang hooves on a tubular crest, but Chiron acquitted himself well.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
  • You acquitted yourself well, Eragon.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
  • Maia especially was acquitting herself well.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • acquitting = handling (conducting or behaving)
  • In that, Brom acquitted himself with distinction.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
  • Whatever else you might say of Bleys, on that day he acquitted himself as became his rank.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)

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Less commonly:
Much less commonly and archaically, acquit can have other meanings. It can mean to release from a duty, as when Jane Austen wrote "I cannot acquit him of that duty" in her novel, Pride and Prejudice. It can also mean to perform and hence discharge oneself from an obligation, as when Charles Dickens wrote "I have a business charge to acquit myself of," in his novel, A Tale of Two Cities.
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