exonerate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the participle stem of Latin exonerāre.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

exonerate (third-person singular simple present exonerates, present participle exonerating, simple past and past participle exonerated)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To relieve (someone or something) of a load; to unburden (a load).
  2. (obsolete, reflexive) Of a body of water, to discharge (oneself), empty oneself.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.ii.3:
      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 mouth of Obi, or where?
  3. (transitive) To free from an obligation, responsibility or task.
  4. (transitive) To free from accusation or blame.

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Synonyms[edit]

  • (to free from accusation) acquit

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

exonerāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of exonerō