"absolve" Definition

  1. v. t. To set free, or release, as from some obligation, debt, or responsibility, or from the consequences of guilt or such ties as it would be sin or guilt to violate; to pronounce free; as, to absolve a subject from his allegiance; to absolve an offender, which amounts to an acquittal and remission of his punishment.
  2. v. t. To free from a penalty; to pardon; to remit (a sin); -- said of the sin or guilt.
  3. v. t. To finish; to accomplish.
  4. v. t. To resolve or explain.

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Position in dictionary: 597 of 111710 words.
Word Type: v. t., v. t., v. t., v. t.,
Words that start with "absolve": 4
Words that end with "absolve": 1
Words that contain "absolve": 4
Next words in dictionary: absolved, absolvent, absolver, absolving, absonant
Previous words in dictionary: absolvatory, absolvable, absolutory, absolutistic, absolutist

English Dictionary Definition of absolve

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