• (transitive, obsolete) To finish; to accomplish. [Attested from the late 16th century until the early 19th century.]
  • (transitive) To pronounce free from or give absolution for a penalty, blame, or guilt. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  • (transitive, theology) To remit a sin; to give absolution for a sin. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  • (transitive, obsolete) To resolve; to explain; to solve. [Attested from the late 15th century until the mid 17th century.]
  • (transitive, theology) To grant a remission of sin; to give absolution to. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  • (transitive) To pass a course or test; to gain credit for a class; to qualify academically.
  • (transitive) To set free, release or discharge (from obligations, debts, responsibility etc.). [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]

    "You will absolve a subject from his allegiance."

  • (transitive, law) To pronounce not guilty; to grant a pardon for. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]

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