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I am looking for a very specific word to be used in place of {word} in this sentence:

He {word} himself well.

An alternate sentence that would have a similar meaning:

He proved capable in the task.

The most I can remember of the word I'm looking for is that is has the prefix re-.

Edit: Redeemed is close to what I'm looking for but I don't want the negative connotation around the word.

To give my specific use case example, I was given some new temporary responsibilities at work and I'm writing my quarterly goals. I'm looking to make one of these goals that I handled these new responsibilities well.

Edit: So much for a good memory, the specific word does not use the prefix re-.

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Thanks for the edit choster, was not sure which formatting to use for the sentences. I am unsure however about the - after re, perhaps I'm using the wrong word when I say prefix. To my memory the word is not hyphenated. –  Phaeze Jul 16 at 20:50
    
"Represented", maybe? –  Liesmith Jul 16 at 20:56
    
Could you be thinking of "He redeemed himself"? I know that "redeem" and "proved" are not synonymous but "he redeemed himself" is a very idiomatic phrase (without the "well" at the end). –  Kristina Lopez Jul 16 at 20:57
    
Redeemed was one of the first words that comes to mind, but I feel that it has a bit of a negative connotation. Generally you would have done something wrong and then redeemed that wrong. –  Phaeze Jul 16 at 20:58
    
After its miserable performance in the Olympic Games the German nation redeemed itself by winning the World Cup. –  WS2 Jul 16 at 21:10

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Perhaps the word acquitted. According to Collins English Dictionary, it can mean

to perform (one's part); conduct (oneself)

A fairly standard, if somewhat formal statement is He acquitted himself well.

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Ok so my specification for the prefix was completely off base, this is the exact word I was looking for. –  Phaeze Jul 16 at 21:27
    
@phaeze After ruining my mind with the prefix #_# –  mohamed Jul 16 at 21:40

You may be thinking of:

He represented himself well.

It's not a terribly common way to express that idea, but I have heard it.

The more common alternative I've heard is:

He acquitted himself well.

But that one doesn't start with 're'.

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This is much closer than redeemed and I may use it if I can't find the exact word I'm thinking of. –  Phaeze Jul 16 at 21:07
    
Oops. I see @bib posted the 'correct' answer while I was editing mine. Oh, well. I'll just leave it, but you should up-vote his since it was first. –  adj7388 Jul 16 at 21:29

The most I can remember of the word I'm looking for is that is has the prefix re-.

Could what you are looking for be He redeemed himself? It means to make up for poor past performance or to remove a prior bad impression.

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Care to say why you downvoted? –  Drew Jul 16 at 22:48
    
Because the request is for a word that means something like "performed well". To redeem oneself is to perform well only in a situation where one had previously performed badly but there's no mention of that requirement isn't mentioned in the question. –  David Richerby Jul 16 at 23:52
    
@DavidRicherby Fair enough. (The request also said "The word I'm looking for ... has the prefix re-", but the accepted answer was acquitted...) –  Drew Jul 17 at 1:46

Maybe a good answer to your question is "legitimized." Maybe "demonstrated?"

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