- To condone is to overlook, forgive or pardon.
An example of condone is when you see someone stealing in a store and you just look the other way.
transitive verbcon·doned, con·don·ing, con·dones
Origin of condoneLatin condōnāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + dōnāre, to give (from dōnum, gift; see dō- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present condones, present participle condoning, simple past and past participle condoned)
- From Latin condōno (“forgive”), con- (“together”) + dōnāre (“to give”).