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

 

expiate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈekspieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspieɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they expiate
BrE BrE//ˈekspieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspieɪt//
 
he / she / it expiates
BrE BrE//ˈekspieɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspieɪts//
 
past simple expiated
BrE BrE//ˈekspieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspieɪtɪd//
 
past participle expiated
BrE BrE//ˈekspieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspieɪtɪd//
 
-ing form expiating
BrE BrE//ˈekspieɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspieɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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expiate something (formal) 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. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘end (rage, sorrow, etc.) by suffering it to the full’): from Latin expiat- ‘appeased by sacrifice’, from the verb expiare, from ex- ‘out’ + piare (from pius ‘pious’).
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