noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
- amende honorable,
- amending formula,
- amenhotep iii,
- amenhotep iv,
- amenity bed
Origin of amends
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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|Michael Tomasky|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Men might call Sir Peregrine an old fool and laugh at him; but for that she would, with God's help, make him amends.Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope
She could only kiss him, and promise to make him what amends she could when he came back.He Knew He Was Right|Anthony Trollope
The best thing is that with him practice usually corrects and amends theory.Theodicy|G. W. Leibniz
They have made some amends for this by making fine Boulevards within and without the walls.
I think you owe me some amends for keeping me standing for an hour in this bitter wind.Not Like Other Girls|Rosa N. Carey
Word Origin for amends
Word Origin for amend
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.
see make amends.