Ac*quit" (?), p. p. Acquitted; set
free; rid of. [Archaic] Shak.
Ac*quit", v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Acquitted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Acquitting.] [OE. aquiten, OF. aquiter, F.
acquitter; ? (L. ad) + OF. quiter, F.
quitter, to quit. See Quit, and cf. Acquiet.]
1. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to
pay off; to requite.
A responsibility that can never be absolutely
2. To pay for; to atone for. [Obs.]
3. To set free, release or discharge from an
obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge; --
now followed by of before the charge, formerly by from; as,
the jury acquitted the prisoner; we acquit a man of evil
4. Reflexively: (a) To clear one's
self. Shak. (b) To bear or conduct one's
self; to perform one's part; as, the soldier acquitted himself well
in battle; the orator acquitted himself very poorly.
Syn. -- To absolve; clear; exonerate; exonerate; exculpate;
release; discharge. See Absolve.