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English definition of “atone for sth”

atone for sth

formal phrasal verb with atone     /əˈtəʊn/ US  /-ˈtoʊn/ verb
to do something that shows that you are sorry for something bad that you did: The country's leader has expressed a wish to atone for his actions in the past.Making and accepting apologies
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