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 is 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.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: acquit

1
v
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
2
v
behave in a certain manner
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: acquit
1

v pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

Synonyms:
assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
Antonyms:
convict
find or declare guilty
Types:
vindicate
clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
whitewash
exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
purge
clear of a charge
Type of:
judge, label, pronounce
pronounce judgment on
2

v behave in a certain manner

Synonyms:
bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
Types:
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fluster
be flustered; behave in a confused manner
assert, put forward
insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
deal
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
Type of:
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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