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Definition of "atone" []

  • To make amends, as for a sin or fault: These crimes must be atoned for. (verb-intransitive)
  • Archaic To agree. (verb-intransitive)
  • To expiate. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To conciliate; appease: "So heaven, atoned, shall dying Greece restore” ( Alexander Pope). (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To reconcile or harmonize. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "atone" in a sentence
  • "IV. vi.72 (412,4) can no more atone] To _atone_, in the active sense, is to _reconcile_, and is so used by our authour."
  • "Hate the sinners who won't atone translates to hate the liberals who won't agree."
  • "Trying to atone from a broken heart last year at Winged Foot and a left wrist injury he blamed on Oakmont's rough, Mickelson missed the cut for the first time in 31 majors dating to the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie."