- to edit or change (a text).
- to free from faults or errors; correct.
Origin of emend
1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French emender) < Latin ēmendāre “to correct,” equivalent to ē- e-1 + mend(um) “fault” + -āre infinitive suffix
1, 2. See amend.
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Examples from the Web for emend
Partly with the help of Toup, we may emend this corrupt passage as follows: , , .On the Sublime
Some critical scholar of eminence should be called upon to emend or explain this mysterious passage.Eothen
A. W. Kinglake
Emend′als, funds set apart for repairs in the accounts of the Inner Temple.
That the last line is nonsense was clear to every one; but no critic ever could emend it.
To emend the Vulgate by the Hebrew and Greek is exactly what the heretics seek to do.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4
Henry Charles Lea
- (tr) to make corrections or improvements in (a text) by critical editing
C15: from Latin ēmendāre to correct, from ē- out + mendum a mistake
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Word Origin and History for emend
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