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[uh-mendz] /əˈmɛndz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
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
1275-1325; Middle English amendes < Middle French, plural of amende reparation, noun derivative of amender to amend
1. redress, restitution. Unabridged
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  • He was ashamed, and determined to make amends by a frank confession.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Thinking to make amends I went one evening to the doctor's apartment.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • When I grow richer, I will write to you on gilt-post, to make amends for this sheet.

  • Turkey is sure to forgive you when you've done what you can to make amends.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • You have not shown the slightest indication of wishing to make amends.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for make amends


(functioning as sing) recompense or compensation given or gained for some injury, insult, etc: to make amends
Word Origin
C13: from Old French amendes fines, from amende compensation, from amender to emend
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Word Origin and History for make amends



early 14c., "restitution," collective singular, from Old French amendes "fine, penalty," plural of amende "reparation," from amender "to amend" (see amend).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with make amends

make amends

Compensate someone for a grievance or injury, as in They must make amends for the harm they've caused you. This expression was first recorded in 1330.


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