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vindicateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈvɪn.dɪ.keɪt/
to ​prove that what someone said or did was ​right or ​true, after other ​peoplethought it was ​wrong: The ​decision to ​include Morris in the ​team was ​completely vindicated when he ​scored two ​goals. The ​investigation vindicated her ​complaint about the ​newspaper. to ​prove that someone is not ​guilty or is ​free from ​blame, after other ​peopleblamed them: They said they ​welcomed the ​trial as a ​chance to vindicate themselves.
vindication
noun [S or U] uk   us   /ˌvɪn.dɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/
The army's ​victory is being ​seen as (a) vindication oftheirtactics.
(Definition of vindicate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vindicate" in American English

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vindicateverb [T]

 us   /ˈvɪn·dɪˌkeɪt/
to show something to have been ​right or ​true, or to show someone to be ​free from ​guilt or ​blame: The ​decision to ​include Morris on the ​team was vindicated when he ​scored three ​touchdowns.
vindication
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌvɪn·dɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/
[U] They are hoping for vindication in ​court.
(Definition of vindicate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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