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atone

[ uh-tohn ]
/ əˈtoʊn /
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verb (used without object), a·toned, a·ton·ing.

to make amends or reparation, as for an offense or a crime, or for an offender (usually followed by for): to atone for one's sins.
to make up, as for errors or deficiencies (usually followed by for): to atone for one's failings.
Obsolete. to become reconciled; agree.

verb (used with object), a·toned, a·ton·ing.

to make amends for; expiate: He atoned his sins.
Obsolete. to bring into unity, harmony, concord, etc.

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Origin of atone

First recorded in 1545–55; back formation from atonement

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British Dictionary definitions for atone

atone
/ (əˈtəʊn) /

verb

(intr foll by for) to make amends or reparation (for a crime, sin, etc)
(tr) to expiateto atone a guilt with repentance
obsolete to be in or bring into agreement

Derived forms of atone

atonable or atoneable, adjectiveatoner, noun

Word Origin for atone

C16: back formation from atonement
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Idioms and Phrases with atone

at one

In agreement, in harmony, as in John and Pat were at one on every subject except her cat, which made him sneeze, or Springtime always makes me feel at one with nature. [1300s]

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