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  Dictionary Definition of atone

atone
verb ( atoned, atoning )

-- verb (i)
1. (often followed by for ) to make amends or reparation, as for an offence or a crime.
2. (often followed by for ) to make up, as for errors or deficiencies.
-- verb (t)
3. to make amends for; expiate.
4. Rare. to harmonise; make harmonious.
[backformation from ATONEMENT ]
-- atoner, noun -- atonable, adjective