Definition of atone verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    atone

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//əˈtoʊn//
     
    [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 make amends
  2. 2 to atone for a crime a desire to atone
atonementnoun[uncountable]
 
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to make atonement for his sins Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement
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