Pronunciation: (ab-zolv', -solv'), [key]
—v.t., -solved, -solv•ing.
1. to free from guilt or blame or their consequences: The court absolved her of guilt in his death.
2. to set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility (usually fol. by from): to be absolved from one's oath.
3. to grant pardon for.
a. to grant or pronounce remission of sins to.
b. to remit (a sin) by absolution.
c. to declare (censure, as excommunication) removed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.