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

     

    vindicate

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    verb
    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//
     
     
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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 somebody is not guilty when they have been accused of doing something wrong or illegal New evidence emerged, vindicating him completely.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘deliver, rescue’): from Latin vindicat- ‘claimed, avenged’, from the verb vindicare, from vindex, vindic- ‘claimant, avenger’.
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