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vindicate  (ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt


verb (transitive)

  1. to clear from guilt, accusation, blame, etc, as by evidence or argument
  2. to provide justification for   ⇒ his promotion vindicated his unconventional attitude
  3. to uphold, maintain, or defend (a cause, etc)   ⇒ to vindicate a claim
  4. (Roman law) to bring an action to regain possession of (property) under claim of legal title
  5. (rare) to claim, as for oneself or another
  6. (obsolete) to take revenge on or for; punish
  7. (obsolete) to set free

Derived Forms

ˈvindiˌcator  noun
ˈvindiˌcatory  adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin vindicāre, from vindex claimant

Translations for 'vindicate'

  • British English: vindicate If a person or their decisions, actions, or ideas are vindicated, they are proved to be correct, after people have said that they were wrong. VERBThe director said he had been vindicated by the experts' report.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: justificar
  • Chinese: 证明是正确的证證明是正确確的
  • European Spanish: vindicar
  • French: donner raison àN
  • German: rechtfertigen
  • Italian: dare ragione a
  • Japanese: 正しさを証明する
  • Korean: 정당함이 입증되다
  • Portuguese: justificar
  • Spanish: vindicar

Example Sentences Including 'vindicate'

Gregory, as if to vindicate his master, rolled on to his back and began to wave all four legs in the air.
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