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Word of the Week

Acquit (verb)

Meaning to free someone form a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty.

Example of using it in a sentence "At the court today she was acquitted on all counts. "

It can also mean: How you behave or perform in a specified way.

Example of using it in a sentence “The sport referee acquitted herself so well that the objections to a female referee were silenced.”

This comes from the Latin and is made up in two parts ‘ac’ which is the ‘to’ part of the verb. Some of us are learning about the formal gerund or present participle this week! The second part is ‘quit’ which means ‘set free’.

Spelling tip: we can use our spelling knowledge that 'q' sound in the middle is 'qu', in English we never spell words with a lonely 'q'.

Ac + qu + i + t

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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