Definition of absolve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    absolve

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əbˈzɒlv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈzɑːlv//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they absolve
    BrE BrE//əbˈzɒlv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈzɑːlv//
     
    he / she / it absolves
    BrE BrE//əbˈzɒlvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈzɑːlvz//
     
    past simple absolved
    BrE BrE//əbˈzɒlvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈzɑːlvd//
     
    past participle absolved
    BrE BrE//əbˈzɒlvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈzɑːlvd//
     
    -ing form absolving
    BrE BrE//əbˈzɒlvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈzɑːlvɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1absolve somebody (of/from something) to state formally that somebody is not guilty or responsible for something The court absolved him of all responsibility for the accident.
  2. 2absolve somebody (from/of something) to give absolution to somebody I absolve you from all your sins.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin absolvere ‘set free, acquit’, from ab- ‘from’ + solvere ‘loosen’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: absolve