1 decision in a court of law about whether sb is guilty
ADJ. adverse, favourable In the case of an adverse verdict, the company could stand to lose millions. | guilty, not guilty, not proven | majority, unanimous a unanimous verdict of not guilty | formal The jury returned a formal verdict after direction by the judge. | jury, trial | appeal, inquest | accident, accidental death, manslaughter, murder, misadventure, open, suicide An open verdict was the only appropriate one, given the very unclear evidence at the inquest.
VERB + VERDICT consider The judge sent the jury away to consider its verdict. | agree (on), arrive at, reach They reached a verdict after hours of deliberation. | announce, bring in, deliver, enter, read out, give, pass, pronounce, record, return The verdict was delivered in front of a packed courtroom. The jury returned a verdict of guilty at the end of the trial. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death. | accept | appeal against, protest against | overturn, quash, reverse, set aside His family always insisted that the original ‘guilty’ verdict should be overturned. | uphold The verdict was upheld at appeal.
VERDICT + VERB be in sb's favour
PREP. ~ against We believe that the verdict against him was unfair. | ~ of a verdict of accidental death
ADJ. final The panel will give its final verdict tomorrow. | general, overall, unanimous The unanimous verdict was that the picnic had been a great success.
VERB + VERDICT give
PREP. ~ on What's your verdict on her new book?