- 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 amending
So what the anti-Citizens United movement really needs to do is something even harder than amending the Constitution.Undo Citizens United? We’d Only Scratch the Surface
November 12, 2014
Here's one amending a surprising quote from the editor of The New Yorker.Best New York Times Corrections Ever: 'The Shining,' Twilight Sparkle & More
February 3, 2012
Hatch is found guilty of violating his probation by not amending his tax returns or paying his taxes.Richard Hatch Can't Win
May 19, 2011
“Any talk of amending the Constitution is just wrong,” she said in a White House press briefing.A GOP Blunder on Immigration
August 12, 2010
The problem with both these solutions is that they depend on amending the Constitution.Justice Stevens Should Quit Now
April 5, 2010
Amending his phrase, he said: "But for him, things would have been very different!"Casanova's Homecoming
"I mean, to see a visitor," said Mrs. Latouche, amending her phrase.Four Meetings
They also had power to call a convention for amending the constitution.The Spirit of American Government
J. Allen Smith
It was an indoor job, they declared, amending their first opinion.Anthony Trent, Master Criminal
Yes; I would do it by amending this section in three places, very simply, if the stenographer will take this down.
- 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 amending
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.