Pronunciation: (u-kwit'), [key]
—v.t., -quit•ted, -quit•ting.
1. to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; declare not guilty: They acquitted him of the crime. The jury acquitted her, but I still think she's guilty.
2. to release or discharge (a person) from an obligation.
3. to settle or satisfy (a debt, obligation, claim, etc.).
4. to bear or conduct (oneself); behave: He acquitted himself well in battle.
5. to free or clear (oneself): He acquitted himself of suspicion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.