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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure. See Synonyms at forgive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To forgive, excuse or overlook (something).
  • v. To allow, accept or permit (something).
  • v. To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pardon; to forgive.
  • transitive v. To pardon; to overlook the offense of; esp., to forgive for a violation of the marriage law; -- said of either the husband or the wife.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To forgive or pardon, as something wrong, especially by implication, as through some act of friendship or confidence toward the offender; overlook, as an offense or fault.
  • Specifically In law, to forgive, or to act so as to imply forgiveness of (a violation of the marriage vow). See condonation, 2.
  • To cause to overlook or forgive; atone for.
  • Synonyms See pardon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

Etymologies

Latin condōnāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dōnāre, to give (from dōnum, gift; see dō- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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