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Definition of absolve:

  1. To finish; to accomplish.
  2. To resolve or explain.
  3. 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.


set free, let something go, relinquish, disengage, justify, apologise, shrive, someone is only human, make (your) peace (with someone), unblock, someone cannot/can't help it if, purge, unloosen, unfreeze, eliminate, loose, unloose, warrant, spare, make allowance/allowances (for), disembarrass, rid, dislodge, free, law, dispense, rationalize, give up, let off, water under the bridge, resign, get off, rationalise.

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