Meaning of “atone for sth” in the English Dictionary

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"atone for sth" in British English

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atone for sth

formal
phrasal verb with atone uk /əˈtəʊn/ us /əˈtoʊn/ 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.

(Definition of “atone for sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)