From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Law
acquitac‧quit /əˈkwɪt/ verb (acquitted, acquitting) 1 [transitive]SCT to give a decision in a court of law that someone is not guilty of a crime All the defendants were acquitted.acquit somebody of something The judge directed the jury to acquit Phillips of the murder.Grammar Acquit is often passive in this meaning.2 acquit yourself well/honourably
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Examples from the Corpus
acquitHer only chance to save herself and her son lies in a vote to acquit.He has never failed to acquit a client charged with murder.His lawyer thought he had a good chance of being acquitted at the trial, if no further evidence was found.Director Scott Michell acquits himself admirably; this is his first feature, and it moves along smoothly, professionally, rhythmically.Few observers expect the jury to acquit Mr Hoskins.To her relief she was acquitted of all the charges laid against her.The black jurors who voted to acquit Simpson reflected the attitudes of their communities and brought their life experiences into the courtroom.acquit somebody of somethingBennett was acquitted of murder.
Origin acquit (1200-1300) Old French acquiter, from quite free of