- 1 acquit somebody (of something) to decide and state officially in court that someone is not guilty of a crime The jury acquitted him of murder. Both defendants were acquitted. She was acquitted on all charges. He was acquitted on the grounds of insufficient evidence. opposite convict
- 2 acquit yourself well, badly, etc. (formal) to perform or behave well, badly, etc. He acquitted himself extremely well in the exams.
NAmE//əˈkwɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they acquit
he / she / it acquits
past simple acquitted
-ing form acquitting