- To forgive or pardon (someone) for a wrongdoing or sin.
- To release (someone) from a duty or responsibility.
- To acquit (someone) of legal guilt.
From the latin absolvō ("i set free, acquit, absolve"), from ab- ("away from") + solvō ("i loosen, free").
- The priest absolved him of his sins.
- He was absolved of the crime after new evidence came to light.
- The company absolved itself of any responsibility for the accident.
- He was absolved from jury duty due to a conflict of interest.
- The President absolved the soldier of desertion.