Definition of atone verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

atone

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈtəʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtoʊn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they atone
BrE BrE//əˈtəʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtoʊn//
 
he / she / it atones
BrE BrE//əˈtəʊnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtoʊnz//
 
past simple atoned
BrE BrE//əˈtəʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtoʊnd//
 
past participle atoned
BrE BrE//əˈtəʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtoʊnd//
 
-ing form atoning
BrE BrE//əˈtəʊnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈtoʊnɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] atone (for something) (formal) to act in a way that shows you are sorry for doing something wrong in the past synonym make amends to atone for a crime a desire to atone Word Origin Middle English (originally in the sense ‘make or become united or reconciled’, rare before the 16th cent.): from at one in early use; later by back-formation from atonement.
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