from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Archaic To absolve; pardon.
- transitive v. Archaic To atone for.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To absolve, acquit; to release from blame or sin.
- v. To set free, release.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To set free; to release.
- transitive v. To solve; to clear up.
- transitive v. To set free from guilt; to absolve.
- transitive v. To expiate; to atone for.
- transitive v. To remove; to put off.
- transitive v. To soil; to stain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To solve; clear up.
- To release; set free; acquit; pardon; absolve.
- To remove; dispel.
- To soil; stain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
Middle English assoilen, from Old French assoldre, assoil-, from Latin absolvere, to set free : ab-, away; see ab-1 + solvere, to loosen; see leu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman assoiler, from the tonic stem of Old French asoldre (modern absoudre), from Latin absolvere, present active infinitive of absolvō ("absolve"). (Wiktionary)