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Definition of acquit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they acquit
    he / she / it acquits
    past simple acquitted
    -ing form acquitting
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  1. 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. 2 acquit yourself well, badly, etc. (formal) to perform or behave well, badly, etc. He acquitted himself extremely well in the exams.
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