After Alexandra hurt her boyfriend's feelings, she tried to propitiate by giving him a gift.
When you give someone a gift to earn his favor and make peace after a fight, this is an example of propitiate.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
Origin of propitiatefrom Classical Latin propitiatus, past participle of propitiare, to propitiate from propitius: see propitious
transitive verbpro·pi·ti·at·ed, pro·pi·ti·at·ing, pro·pi·ti·ates
Origin of propitiateLatin propitiāre propitiāt- from propitius propitious ; see propitious .
(third-person singular simple present propitiates, present participle propitiating, simple past and past participle propitiated)
Latin propitiÄre (“make favourable"), from propitius (“favourable, gracious").