Contacting a past romantic partner and apologizing for cheating is an example of atone.
intransitive verbatoned′, aton′ing
- to make amends or reparation (for a wrongdoing, a wrongdoer, etc.)
- Obs. to be in agreement
Origin of atoneMiddle English at-onen, become reconciled from at one, in accord: see at and one
- to make amends for; expiate
- to bring into agreement; reconcile
verba·toned, a·ton·ing, a·tones
- To make amends, as for a sin or fault: These crimes must be atoned for.
- Archaic To agree.
- To expiate.
- Archaic To conciliate; appease: “So heaven, atoned, shall dying Greece restore” ( Alexander Pope )
- Obsolete To reconcile or harmonize.
Origin of atoneMiddle English atonen to be reconciled from at one in agreement at at ; see at . one one ; see one .
- a·ton′a·ble a·tone′a·ble
(third-person singular simple present atones, present participle atoning, simple past and past participle atoned)