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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Acquit, v. Also: acquhit. [Variant of Acquiet and Acquite.]

1. tr. = Acquiet v. 1. 1423 Edinb. Chart. 56.
Dene Johne sal warand, acquit, and defende the saide tak … til the said Aldermene

2. To give up, abandon, surrender. c1420 Ratis R. 343.
A-quit thi part, and ga thar fra
1551 Grant Chart. 104.
The said James acquhittand and dischargeand the said Finlais ward and releif [of] the foirnamit landis

3. To clear or acquit (of a charge).The p.p. acquit is common in the 17th c., as in Eng. 1497 Dunferm. B. Rec. 76.
It was fund be ane assis that Jhone Cragy was acquit of all clamis
1503 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 48.
Thai culd not acquit the said personis of the spoliacioun of the said cornis

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