acquit oneself

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v. behave; conduct, comport, or bear oneself; pay off, settle, square. See conduct, payment.

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  • acquit oneself — conduct oneself or perform in a specified way: → acquit …   English new terms dictionary

  • acquit oneself of — archaic discharge (a duty or responsibility). → acquit …   English new terms dictionary

  • acquit — ► VERB (acquitted, acquitting) 1) formally declare that (someone) is not guilty of a criminal charge. 2) (acquit oneself) behave or perform in a specified way. DERIVATIVES acquittal noun. ORIGIN Latin acquitare pay a debt …   English terms dictionary

  • acquit — /əˈkwɪt / (say uh kwit) verb (t) (acquitted, acquitting) 1. (sometimes followed by of) to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; pronounce not guilty. 2. to release or discharge (a person) from an obligation. 3. to settle (a debt, obligation,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • acquit — verb (acquits, acquitting, acquitted) 1》 formally declare (someone) not guilty of a criminal charge. 2》 (acquit oneself) conduct oneself or perform in a specified way: the goalkeeper acquitted himself well.     ↘(acquit oneself of) archaic… …   English new terms dictionary

  • acquit — ac·quit /ə kwit/ vb ac·quit·ted, ac·quit·ting [Old French acquiter to pay off, absolve, acquit, from a , prefix marking causation + quite free (of an obligation)] vt: to discharge completely: as a: to release from liability for a debt or other… …   Law dictionary

  • acquit — (v.) early 13c., to satisfy a debt (either for oneself or on behalf of another), from O.Fr. aquiter pay, pay up, settle a claim (12c.), from à to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + quite free, clear (see QUIT (Cf. quit) (adj.)). Meanings set free from charges… …   Etymology dictionary

  • acquit — [ə kwit′] vt. acquitted, acquitting [ME aquiten < OFr aquiter, to free < ML acquitare, to settle a claim < L ad , to + quietare: see QUIET] 1. to release from a duty, obligation, etc. 2. to clear (a person) of a charge, as by declaring… …   English World dictionary

  • acquit — verb 1) the jury acquitted her Syn: clear, exonerate, find innocent, absolve; discharge, release, free, set free; informal let off (the hook); formal exculpate See note at absolve Ant: convict …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • acquit — [13] Acquit is ultimately related to quiet. The Latin noun quies, from which we get quiet, was the basis of a probable verb *quietare, later *quitare, whose original meaning, ‘put to rest’, developed to ‘settle’, as in ‘settle a debt’. With the… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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