[ ig-zon-uh-reyt ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
late Middle English from the Latin exonerat- "freed from a burden," from the verb exonerare, from ex- "from" + onus, oner- "a burden"
  • absolve acquit discharge dismiss exempt
  • relieve excuse free
  • blame condemn convict sentence
  • obligate
1. to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate
2. to relieve, as from an obligation, duty, or task
1. A) The judge had little choice but to exonerate the man, as the evidence against him proved increasingly falsified. B) He was able to exonerate himself, as he had the photos which proved where he actually was that night.
2. A) I chose to exonerate him from his regular errands since he seemed to be going through a lot at the time. B) If you can handle the kids this evening, I'll make sure to exonerate you from the dinner.
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