- to alter, modify, rephrase, or add to or subtract from (a motion, bill, constitution, etc.) by formal procedure: Congress may amend the proposed tax bill.
- to change for the better; improve: to amend one's ways.
- to remove or correct faults in; rectify.
- to grow or become better by reforming oneself: He amends day by day.
Origin of amend
Examples from the Web for amend
Anger about Citizens United has spurred a movement to amend the Constitution to reverse the opinion.Undo Citizens United? We’d Only Scratch the Surface
November 12, 2014
As a result, Perry said the group is currently looking into whether to amend its FEC report to make that clear.Bank Didn't Give Unsecured Loan To Super PAC
May 13, 2014
However, Denham has said he will still try to amend the bill on the floor of the House.Even a Path to Citizenship for Military Volunteers Is Too Much for House Republicans
April 7, 2014
Were they to amend their posture, they would only be further isolating themselves.Obama Gambles Iran Nuke Talks to Punish Putin
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
March 21, 2014
Recently, two bills to amend Israel's Basic Law: The Government passed first readings in the Knesset.Raising the Threshold or Pulling the Carpet Out From Under Israel's Minorities?
October 8, 2013
I was for going to Wiscasset, like two prodigals, own our fault, and endeavour to amend.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
A proof of each of the songs that I compose or amend I shall receive as a favour.The Letters of Robert Burns
Let us amend it as soon as possible, only in this case let me pay for the drinks.A Woman Intervenes
We forgave all his misconduct, and my husband talked to him and implored him to amend.The First Violin
Alter, amend, add to or take away from them, exactly as you think best.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
- to improve; change for the better
- to remove faults from; correct
- to alter or revise (legislation, a constitution, etc) by formal procedure
Word Origin and History for amend
early 13c., "to free from faults, rectify," from Old French amender (12c.), from Latin emendare "to correct, free from fault," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + menda "fault, blemish," from PIE *mend- "physical defect, fault" (cf. Sanskrit minda "physical blemish," Old Irish mennar "stain, blemish," Welsh mann "sign, mark").
Supplanted in senses of "repair, cure" by its shortened offspring mend (v.). Meaning "to add to legislation" (ostensibly to correct or improve it) is recorded from 1777. Related: Amended; amending.