Definition of vindicate in English:

vindicate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion.

    ‘hospital staff were vindicated by the inquest verdict’
    • ‘The purpose of a libel action is to enable the Plaintiff to clear his name of the libel, to vindicate his character.’
    • ‘But rather than vindicating the staff I think this is more damning.’
    • ‘Representing himself, his argument will be that he has a right to vindicate his person and what he describes as his ‘good name’.’
    • ‘But a judge and jury at York Crown Court has vindicated the officers over their treatment of Wilf Barlow, 40.’
    • ‘One can assume that not everyone understood, or believed, that the more accurate lab tests vindicated him.’
    • ‘Had he been vindicated in the 1970s, he says he would have made the journey.’
    • ‘Against my own inclinations, I hope you're vindicated, because I'm fond of the magazine.’
    • ‘It wasn't until the third test, conducted in a laboratory days later, that he was vindicated.’
    • ‘He was vindicated when UBS eventually settled out of court but hesitates when asked how much he won.’
    • ‘Adrian was relieved and elated at the time the police vindicated him and David but that didn't last too long.’
    • ‘My father was eventually vindicated, but not before he had spent months in Brixton prison.’
    • ‘But people need to remember, she's in prison and we're hoping to vindicate her.’
    • ‘The verdict of the Court of Appeal today serves to vindicate her and stands as testimony to the unstinting efforts of those supporting her.’
    • ‘She comes out with an agenda, to vindicate Michael, but not to talk about herself, and I thought that was very telling.’
    • ‘Yet it goes to the credit of the author that she has tried to vindicate him with rare conviction and commitment.’
    • ‘Ms Hanley vowed to continue the fight to vindicate her late father's name and reputation.’
    • ‘Gidney thinks it will vindicate him, his enemies hope it will damn him.’
    • ‘The former trade minister says that he is happy to submit to any tests that help vindicate him.’
    • ‘Not showing the replays - which would have vindicated the officials instantly - only inflamed the situation.’
    • ‘After a long legal battle workers were vindicated when an industrial tribunal unanimously decided they had been unfairly dismissed.’
    acquit, clear, absolve, free from blame, declare innocent, exonerate, exculpate, discharge, liberate, free, deliver, redeem
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    1. 1.1Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified.
      ‘more sober views were vindicated by events’
      • ‘The events of yesterday vindicated those who supported the idea of a road to bypass the Bingley bottleneck.’
      • ‘Our concerns were finally vindicated when an anonymous whistle-blower called in the National Audit Office.’
      • ‘I really think Wanderers have done themselves proud this season and results vindicate Sam's attitude.’
      • ‘These revelations certainly vindicate the concerns he expressed at the time.’
      • ‘But they have been as concerned with vindicating the legitimacy of moral practice and argument as with anything else.’
      • ‘Today's result vindicates the hard work we have done during the winter and gives us an excellent platform on which to build for the rest of the season.’
      • ‘A final area where progressive economics has been vindicated concerns the dangers of deflation.’
      • ‘Until now welfare reform has proved all its critics wrong and more than vindicated its supporters.’
      • ‘Of course when we found the mines on board, that vindicated our concerns.’
      • ‘Our approach to training was vindicated by the results achieved when the dogs were formally evaluated.’
      • ‘Inherent in Augustine's lifelong concern to vindicate providence was his belief that no pain or loss is undeserved.’
      • ‘Others say they feel their anti-war stance has been vindicated by the events of the last week, although they stress they take no pleasure from it.’
      • ‘He said this, and the good performance from other products, vindicated his view that producer prices should be held.’
      • ‘It also vindicated her version of events on that tragic day in the Outback.’
      • ‘The smartest way to steal their thunder - and vindicate the event - was to highlight an alternative agenda that the protesters cared about.’
      • ‘These warnings appear to be amply vindicated by events in recent years.’
      • ‘Well, your Honour's view about that was vindicated in the judgment of the Court.’
      • ‘She feels the achievement vindicates the club's support for the team.’
      • ‘All in all it was a great return for Roy and totally vindicated Brian Kerr's determination to get him back in an Irish shirt.’
      • ‘People feel that we were vindicated in opposing the war.’
      justify, warrant, substantiate, establish, demonstrate, ratify, authenticate, verify, confirm, corroborate, prove, defend, offer grounds for, support, back, evidence, bear out, bear witness to, endorse, give credence to, lend weight to
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘deliver, rescue’): from Latin vindicat- ‘claimed, avenged’, from the verb vindicare, from vindex, vindic- ‘claimant, avenger’.

Pronunciation

vindicate

/ˈvɪndɪkeɪt/