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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. 1acquit 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. 2acquit yourself well, badly, etc. (formal) to perform or behave well, badly, etc. He acquitted himself extremely well in the exams.
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