What does absolve mean?

Definitions for absolveæbˈzɒlv, -ˈsɒlv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word absolve.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrive, absolve(verb)

    grant remission of a sin to

    "The priest absolved him and told him to say ten Hail Mary's"

  2. absolve, justify, free(verb)

    let off the hook

    "I absolve you from this responsibility"


  1. absolve(Verb)

    To set free, release or discharge (from obligations, debts, responsibility etc.).

    You will absolve a subject from his allegiance.

  2. absolve(Verb)

    To pronounce free from or give absolution for a penalty, blame, or guilt.

  3. absolve(Verb)

    To pronounce free or give absolution from sin.

  4. absolve(Verb)

    To finish; to accomplish.

  5. absolve(Verb)

    To resolve or explain.

  6. Origin: First attested in the early 15th Century. From absolven, from absolvere, present active infinitive of absolvo, from ab + solvo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absolve(verb)

    to set free, or release, as from some obligation, debt, or responsibility, or from the consequences of guilt or such ties as it would be sin or guilt to violate; to pronounce free; as, to absolve a subject from his allegiance; to absolve an offender, which amounts to an acquittal and remission of his punishment

  2. Absolve(verb)

    to free from a penalty; to pardon; to remit (a sin); -- said of the sin or guilt

  3. Absolve(verb)

    to finish; to accomplish

  4. Absolve(verb)

    to resolve or explain

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Absolve

    ab-zolv′, v.t. to loose or set free: to pardon: to acquit: to discharge (with from).—ns. Absolv′er, one who gives absolution or acquits; Absolv′itor, a decision favourable to a defender.—v.t. Assoil′zie, in Scots law, to absolve the accused on the grounds that the evidence disproves or does not establish the charge. [L. ab, from, solvĕre, solutum, to loose. See Solve.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absolve in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absolve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emil Ruder:

    Typography has one plain duty before it and that is to convey information in writing. No argument or consideration can absolve typography from this duty.

  2. Justice Anthony Kennedy:

    The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.

  3. Lama Fakih:

    The use of violence by some protesters does not absolve the security forces from blame over targeting of the overwhelmingly peaceful protest movement more broadly.

  4. Bronx District:

    A Bronx jury has sent a clear message that a uniform and a badge does not absolve anyone from committing a crime, and that even a criminal behind bars deserves to be treated like a human being.

  5. Philip Luther:

    The fact that Palestinian armed groups appear to have carried out war crimes by firing indiscriminate rockets and mortars does not absolve the Israeli forces from their obligations under international humanitarian law.

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Translations for absolve

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • опрощавам, освобождавам, оправдавамBulgarian
  • freisprechen, absolvieren, entbinden, lossprechenGerman
  • συγχωρώ, απαλλάσωGreek
  • exculpar, exonerar, absolverSpanish
  • آمرزیدن, معاف کردن, عفو کردنPersian
  • selittää, vapauttaa, [[antaa]] [[synninpäästö]], armahtaa, suorittaa, [[todeta]] [[syyttömäksi]], ratkaista, antaa anteeksi, [[vapauttaa]] [[syytöksistä]]Finnish
  • absoudreFrench
  • feloldozHungarian
  • assolvereItalian
  • 解放Japanese
  • absolvōLatin
  • vergeven, uitleggen, ontheffen, afwerken, kwijtschelden, vrijspreken, beëindigenDutch
  • frikjenne, tilgiNorwegian
  • absolver, acabar, resolver, eximir, solucionar, exonerar, redimir, terminarPortuguese
  • ch'uyanchayQuechua
  • отпускать, прощатьRussian
  • frikänna, fritaga, absolution, frita, frikalla, lösa, avlösaSwedish

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