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.
- To pronounce clear of guilt or blame.
- To relieve of a requirement or obligation.
- To grant a remission of sin to.
- To pardon or remit (a sin).