Word of the Week


Acquit (verb)

Acquit (verb)

Meaning – to free someone from a criminal charge by the verdict of not guilty.

Example of using it in a sentence “The jury voted to acquit her on all charges."

Synonyms: absolve, clear, exonerate, exculpate, declare innocent, find innocent, pronounce not guilty

It can also mean – to conduct oneself or to perform in a specified way.

Example of using it in a sentence "The goalkeeper acquitted herself well."

Synonyms: discharge, execute, perform, do, carry out, effect, implement, bring about, bring off, accomplish, achieve, fulfil, complete

This word started out as a prefix ‘ad’ meaning “to” added to the root word ‘quitaree’ meaning “set free” in Latin and became ‘acquitare’ meaning “to pay a debt or to discharge a liability” over time the spelling has changed a little as it travelled through the Old French and Middle English. In the 16th century we ended up with the spelling we know today.

Use the word as many times throughout the week. This can be verbally, in your written work or listen out for other people using it.

Meaning – to free someone from a criminal charge by the verdict of not guilty.

Example of using it in a sentence “The jury voted to acquit her on all charges."

Synonyms: absolve, clear, exonerate, exculpate, declare innocent, find innocent, pronounce not guilty

It can also mean – to conduct oneself or to perform in a specified way.

Example of using it in a sentence "The goalkeeper acquitted herself well."

Synonyms: discharge, execute, perform, do, carry out, effect, implement, bring about, bring off, accomplish, achieve, fulfil, complete

This word started out as a prefix ‘ad’ meaning “to” added to the root word ‘quitaree’ meaning “set free” in Latin and became ‘acquitare’ meaning “to pay a debt or to discharge a liability” over time the spelling has changed a little as it travelled through the Old French and Middle English. In the 16th century we ended up with the spelling we know today.

Use the word as many times throughout the week. This can be verbally, in your written work or listen out for other people using it.


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