exonerate

  • 1 exonerate — ex·on·er·ate /ig zä nə ˌrāt, eg / vt at·ed, at·ing [Latin exonerare to relieve, free, discharge, from ex out + onerare to burden, from oner onus load] 1: to relieve esp. of a charge, obligation, or hardship 2: to clear from accusation or blame… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 exonerate — UK US /ɪgˈzɒnəreɪt/ verb [T] FORMAL LAW ► to show or say officially that someone or something is not guilty of something: »We have proof which will completely exonerate him. exonerate sb from sth »I do not wholly exonerate her from blame.… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Exonerate — Ex*on er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exonerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exonerating}.] [L. exoneratus, p. p. of exonerare to free from a burden; ex out, from onerare to load, onus load. See {Onerous}.] 1. To unload; to disburden; to discharge. [Obs.]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 exonerate — ► VERB 1) officially absolve from blame. 2) (exonerate from) release (someone) from (a duty or obligation). DERIVATIVES exoneration noun. ORIGIN Latin exonerare free from a burden …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 exonerate — (v.) mid 15c., from L. exoneratus, pp. of exonerare remove a burden, discharge, unload, from ex off (see EX (Cf. ex )) + onerare to unload; overload, oppress, from onus (gen. oneris) burden (see ONUS (Cf. onus)). Rela …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 exonerate — acquit, vindicate, absolve, *exculpate Analogous words: *relieve, lighten, alleviate: *excuse, remit Antonyms: charge (a person with a task, a duty, a crime) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 exonerate — [v] excuse, clear of responsibility or blame absolve, acquit, disburden, discharge, dismiss, except, exculpate, exempt, free, justify, let off*, let off hook*, liberate, pardon, release, relieve, sanitize, vindicate, whitewash*, wipe slate… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 exonerate — [eg zän′ər āt΄, igzän′ə rāt΄] vt. exonerated, exonerating [< L exoneratus, pp. of exonerare, to disburden < ex , out + onerare, to load < onus (gen. oneris), a burden: see ONUS] 1. to relieve of (a duty, obligation, etc.) 2. to free from …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 exonerate — UK [ɪɡˈzɒnəreɪt] / US [ɪɡˈzɑnəˌreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms exonerate : present tense I/you/we/they exonerate he/she/it exonerates present participle exonerating past tense exonerated past participle exonerated formal to officially state or …

    English dictionary

  • 10 exonerate — v. (D; tr.) to exonerate from * * * [ɪg zɒnəreɪt] (D; tr.) to exonerate from …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 exonerate — ex|on|er|ate [ ıg zanə,reıt ] verb transitive FORMAL to officially state or prove that someone is not to blame for something: CLEAR: The evidence completely exonerates the President. exonerate someone of/from something: The report did not… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 exonerate — verb (T) to state officially that someone who has been blamed for something is not responsible for it: The report did not exonerate the social workers involved in the Cleveland child abuse case. | exonerate sb from/of: Recent medical evidence has …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 exonerate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. exculpate, free, clear, absolve, acquit. See vindication, acquittal. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. absolve, vindicate, justify; see absolve , excuse . See Synonym Study at absolve . III (Roget s 3… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 exonerate — ex|on|e|rate [ıgˈzɔnəreıt US ıgˈza: ] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of exonerare, from onus load ] to state officially that someone who has been blamed for something is not guilty exonerate sb from/of sth ▪ He was… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 exonerate — [ɪg zɒnəreɪt, ɛg ] verb 1》 officially absolve from blame. 2》 (exonerate someone from) release someone from (a duty or obligation). Derivatives exoneration noun exonerative adjective Origin ME: from L. exonerat , exonera …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 exonerate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin exoneratus, past participle of exonerare to unburden, from ex + oner , onus load Date: 1524 1. to relieve of a responsibility, obligation, or hardship 2. to clear from… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 exonerate — exoneration, n. exonerative, adj. exonerator, n. /ig zon euh rayt /, v.t., exonerated, exonerating. 1. to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate: He was exonerated from the accusation of cheating. 2. to relieve, as from… …

    Universalium

  • 18 exonerate — verb /ɪkˈsɒnəɹeɪt/ a) To relieve (someone or something) of a load; to unburden (a load). I would examine the Caspian Sea, and see where and how it exonerates itself, after it hath taken in Volga, Iaxartes, Oxus, and those great rivers; at the… …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 exonerate — Synonyms and related words: absolve, acquit, amnesty, clear, decontaminate, destigmatize, disburden, discharge, dismiss, dispense from, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exempt from, forgive, free, give absolution, grant amnesty to, grant forgiveness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 exonerate — [[t]ɪgzɒ̱nəreɪt[/t]] exonerates, exonerating, exonerated VERB If a court, report, or person in authority exonerates someone, they officially say or show that that person is not responsible for something wrong or unpleasant that has happened.… …

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