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Topic: LAW

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: acquiter, from quite 'free of'

acquit

verb
     
ac‧quit past tense and past participle acquitted, present participle acquitting
1 [transitive usually passive]SCL to give a decision in a court of law that someone is not guilty of a crime:
All the defendants were acquitted.
acquit somebody of something
The judge directed the jury to acquit Phillips of the murder.
2

acquit yourself well/honourably

to do something well, especially something difficult that you do for the first time in front of other people
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