Definition of absolve:
- To finish; to accomplish.
- To resolve or explain.
- 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.
- acquit (part of speech: verb)
- forgive (part of speech: verb)
- vindicate (part of speech: verb)
- dismiss (part of speech: verb)
If you should absolve me I may say that I have hopes of serving my country in a fashion which will atone for this one great indiscretion, and will also, as I hope, end for ever those terrible recollections which weigh me down.- "Danger! and Other Stories", Arthur Conan Doyle.
- "Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School", Mabel C. Hawley.
- "Mr. Midshipman Easy", Captain Frederick Marryat.