vindicate

UK [ˈvɪndɪkeɪt] / US [ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "vindicate":
present tense I/you/we/they vindicate he/she/it vindicates present participle vindicating past tense vindicated past participle vindicated
a) to prove that someone is right, or that something they said, did, or decided was right, especially when most people believed they were wrong

I feel vindicated now since the court ruled in my favour.

The latest research vindicates what we've been arguing for years.

b) to prove that someone who was accused of a crime or dishonest act is not guilty

Derived word:
vindication
UK [ˌvɪndɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n] / US noun countable/uncountable
Word forms "vindication":
singular vindication plural vindications

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Vindicate — Vin di*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vindicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vindicating}.] [L. vindicatus, p. p. of vindicare to lay claim to, defend, avenge. See {Vengeance}.] 1. To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim. [R.] [1913 Webster] Is thine… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vindicate — I verb absolve, account for, acquit, clear, declare innocent, discharge, dismiss, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, give good reasons for, justify, pardon, probare, pronounce not guilty, purgare, release, relieve of burden, reprieve, set free II… …   Law dictionary

  • vindicate — (v.) 1620s, to avenge or revenge, from L. vindicatus, pp. of vindicare (see VINDICATION (Cf. vindication)). Meaning to clear from censure or doubt, by means of demonstration is recorded from 1630s. Related: Vindicated, vindicating …   Etymology dictionary

  • vindicate — 1 justify, defend, *maintain, assert Analogous words: *support, uphold, advocate 2 exonerate, *exculpate, absolve, acquit Analogous words: *disprove, refute, confute: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vindicate — [v] prove one’s innocence absolve, acquit, advocate, argue, assert, bear out, claim, clear, confute, contend, corroborate, defend, disculpate, disprove, do justice to, establish, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, extenuate, free, free from blame,… …   New thesaurus

  • vindicate — ► VERB 1) clear of blame or suspicion. 2) show to be right or justified. DERIVATIVES vindication noun. ORIGIN Latin vindicare claim, avenge …   English terms dictionary

  • vindicate — [vin′də kāt΄] vt. vindicated, vindicating [< L vindicatus, pp. of vindicare, to claim, avenge < ? vim, force (see VIM) + dicere, to say: see DICTION] 1. to clear from criticism, blame, guilt, suspicion, etc.; uphold by evidence or argument… …   English World dictionary

  • vindicate — vindicator, n. /vin di kayt /, v.t., vindicated, vindicating. 1. to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to vindicate someone s honor. 2. to afford justification for; justify: Subsequent events vindicated his policy.… …   Universalium

  • vindicate — verb a) To clear from an accusation, suspicion or criticism. to vindicate someones honor b) To justify by providing evidence. to vindicate a right, claim or title See Also: vindication …   Wiktionary

  • vindicate — v. (B) ( to justify ) can you vindicate your actions to us? * * * [ vɪndɪkeɪt] (B) ( to justify ) can you vindicate your actions to us? …   Combinatory dictionary

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