Make amends or reparation: he was being helpful, to atone for his past mistakes
More example sentences
- Is it possible for that family to make amends and atone for its ill-gotten gains?
- This, they hold, gives the man a chance to atone for any hasty decision he might have taken.
- His successors on Chicago's south side have a chance to atone for those sins this week.
Middle English (originally in the sense 'make or become united or reconciled', rare before the 16th century): from at one in early use; later by back-formation from atonement.