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Definition of expiate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

expiate

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈɛkspiˌeɪt//
 
expiate something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they expiate
 
he / she / it expiates
 
past simple expiated
 
-ing form expiating
 
 
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to accept punishment for something that you have done wrong in order to show that you are sorry He had a chance to confess and expiate his guilt.
NAmE//ˌɛkspiˈeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable, singular]
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