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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 wants to 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.

Definitions of acquit
  1. verb
    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
    synonyms: assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
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    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. verb
    behave in a certain manner
    synonyms: bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
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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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