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Definition of atone verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive] atone (for something) (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they atone
    he / she / it atones
    past simple atoned
    -ing form atoning
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  1. 1to act in a way that shows you are sorry for doing something wrong in the past synonym amends
  2. 2 to atone for a crime a desire to atone
atonement noun [uncountable]
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to make atonement for his sins Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement
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