Meaning of “acquit” in the English Dictionary

"acquit" in British English

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acquitverb

uk /əˈkwɪt/ us /əˈkwɪt/ -tt-

[ T often passive ] to decide officially in a law court that someone is not guilty of a particular crime:

She was acquitted of all the charges against her.
Five months ago he was acquitted on a shoplifting charge.
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acquit yourself formal

to do better than expected in a difficult situation:

I thought that he acquitted himself admirably in today's meeting.

(Definition of “acquit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"acquit" in American English

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acquitverb [ T ]

us /əˈkwɪt/ -tt-

acquit verb [ T ] (DECIDE NOT GUILTY)

to decide officially in a court of law that someone is not guilty of a particular crime:

She was acquitted.
The jury acquitted him.

acquit verb [ T ] (PERFORM)

fml to cause yourself to perform or behave in the stated way:

She acquitted herself well, finishing second.

(Definition of “acquit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)