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acquit

ac·quit

acquit

 
 
pronunciation:
kwIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: acquits, acquitted, acquitting
definition: to free from a charge of breaking the law; declare not guilty.
We were not very surprised that the judge acquitted the old woman.
antonyms:
condemn, convict, indict
similar words:
discharge, dismiss, free, let off, pardon
derivations: acquittal (n.), acquitter (n.)
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The word acquit contains the following parts:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.
-al1 Latin noun-forming suffix that means act or result of
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The suffix -al1 attaches to verbs, primarily verbs from Latin or from Latin via French, to form nouns. The base verb always has primary stress on its final syllable.