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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.

  1. to remove or correct faults in; rectify.

verb (used without object)
  1. to grow or become better by reforming oneself: He amends day by day.

Origin of amend

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English amenden, from Old French amender, from Latin ēmendāre “to correct,” equivalent to ē- “out of, from” + mend(a) “blemish” + -āre infinitive suffix; see e-1

synonym study For amend

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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Other words from amend

  • a·mend·a·ble, adjective
  • a·mend·er, noun
  • non·a·mend·a·ble, adjective
  • re·a·mend, verb
  • un·a·mend·a·ble, adjective
  • un·a·mend·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use amend in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for amend


/ (əˈmɛnd) /

  1. to improve; change for the better

  2. to remove faults from; correct

  1. to alter or revise (legislation, a constitution, etc) by formal procedure

Origin of amend

C13: from Old French amender, from Latin ēmendāre to emend

Derived forms of amend

  • amendable, adjective
  • amender, noun

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