- 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.
- 2vindicate somebody to prove that somebody is not guilty when they have been accused of doing something wrong or illegal New evidence emerged, vindicating him completely. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘deliver, rescue’): from Latin vindicat-
BrE BrE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪt//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they vindicate
BrE BrE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪt//he / she / it vindicates
BrE BrE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪts//past simple vindicated
BrE BrE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪtɪd//past participle vindicated
BrE BrE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪtɪd//-ing form vindicating
BrE BrE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪndɪkeɪtɪŋ//