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Definition of vindicate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they vindicate
    he / she / it vindicates
    past simple vindicated
    -ing form vindicating
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  1. 1vindicate something to prove that something is true or that you were right to do something, especially when other people had a different opinion synonym justify I have every confidence that this decision will be fully vindicated.
  2. 2vindicate somebody to prove that someone is not guilty when they have been accused of doing something wrong or illegal New evidence emerged, vindicating him completely.
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noun [uncountable, singular] Antinuclear protesters regarded the Chernobyl accident as a clear vindication of their campaign.
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