See also: at one
The word, along with only and alone, is markworthy for retaining the old pronunciation of one and once, not having undergone diphthongization, as it lacked a stressed vowel, which often becomes a diphthong.
- (transitive, intransitive) To make reparation, compensation, amends or satisfaction for an offence, crime, mistake or deficiency. [from 1680s]
- (obsolete, transitive) To bring at one or at concordance; to reconcile; to suffer appeasement. [from 1570s]
- (obsolete, intransitive) To agree or accord; to be in accordance or harmony. [from 1590s]
- (obsolete, transitive) To unite in making.
- (proscribed) To absolve (someone else) of wrongdoing, especially by standing as an equivalent.
to make reparation, compensation, or amends, for an offence or a crime
to clear someone else of wrongdoing
- “atone” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
- atone in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “atone” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
atone (plural atones)
- “atone” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).