- reparation or compensation for a loss, damage, or injury of any kind; recompense.
- Obsolete. improvement; recovery, as of health.
- make amends, to compensate, as for an injury, loss, or insult: I tried to make amends for the misunderstanding by sending her flowers.
Origin of amends
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- 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 amends
In other words, Congress amends bill it passed a few years ago.The House GOP’s Down-Low, Backhanded Endorsement of Obamacare
April 7, 2014
What riches, or honours, or pleasures, can make us amends for the loss of innocence?Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
This she could not understand, for she had expected an apology as the very least amends he could make.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
I owe you some amends, for you have had a narrow escape of your life this night.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
What amends could he make for the treachery of his little gunboat?The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy
Florence Partello Stuart
You will meet my abstinence by the only amends you can make to me.
- (functioning as singular) recompense or compensation given or gained for some injury, insult, etcto make amends
- 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 amends
early 14c., "restitution," collective singular, from Old French amendes "fine, penalty," plural of amende "reparation," from amender "to amend" (see 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.
Idioms and Phrases with amends
see make amends.