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amend

[uh-mend]
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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.
  2. to change for the better; improve: to amend one's ways.
  3. to remove or correct faults in; rectify.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to grow or become better by reforming oneself: He amends day by day.
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Origin of amend

1175–1225; Middle English amenden < Old French amender < Latin ēmendāre “to correct,” equivalent to ē- e-1 + mend(a) “blemish” + -āre infinitive suffix
Related formsa·mend·a·ble, adjectivea·mend·er, nounnon·a·mend·a·ble, adjectivere·a·mend, verbun·a·mend·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·mend·ed, adjectiveun·a·mend·ing, adjectivewell-a·mend·ed, adjective

Synonym study

3. Amend, emend both mean to improve by correcting or by freeing from error. Amend is the general term, used of any such correction in detail: to amend spelling, punctuation, grammar. Emend usually applies to the correction of a text in the process of editing or preparing for publication; it implies improvement in the sense of greater accuracy: He emended the text of the play by restoring the original reading.
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Related Words for amend

rectify, modify, lift, enhance, alter, revise, repair, right, help, reform, fix, better, elevate, remedy, square, mend, ameliorate, change, raise

Examples from the Web for amend

Contemporary Examples of amend

Historical Examples of amend

  • 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.

  • Let us amend it as soon as possible, only in this case let me pay for the drinks.

  • We forgave all his misconduct, and my husband talked to him and implored him to amend.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Alter, amend, add to or take away from them, exactly as you think best.


British Dictionary definitions for amend

amend

verb (tr)
  1. to improve; change for the better
  2. to remove faults from; correct
  3. to alter or revise (legislation, a constitution, etc) by formal procedure
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Derived Formsamendable, adjectiveamender, noun

Word Origin for amend

C13: from Old French amender, from Latin ēmendāre to emend
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Word Origin and History for amend

v.

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.

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