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atone

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to atone

Third person singular
aton

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to atone (third-person singular simple present aton, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To stand as an equivalent; to make reparation, compensation, or amends, for an offence or a crime.

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Usage notes

  • For what reason are the English words one and once pronounced so, while other words derived from one, like alone, only and atone, pronounced with a long o? Stressed vowels often became diphthongs over time (Latin bona → Italian buona and Spanish buena). A similar thing happened in the late Middle Ages to the English words one and once, first recorded circa 1400. The vowel sound underwent some changes, such as the pronunciation (from ōn → ōōōn → wōn → wōōn → wŏŏn → wŭn).

French

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Pronunciation

Adjective

atone (epicene, plural atones)

  1. expressionless
  2. Template:linguistic unstressed
  3. Template:linguistic mute

Italian

Adjective

atone f.

  1. Feminine plural form of atono

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