reparation or compensation for a loss, damage, or injury of any kind; recompense.
Obsolete. improvement; recovery, as of health.
Idioms about amends
make amends, to compensate, as for an injury, loss, or insult: I tried to make amends for the misunderstanding by sending her flowers.
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How to use amends in a sentence
When I reached the eighth step, I put Kim’s name on my amends list, knowing it would ruin me—I’d been doing so well, but I was starting to think about what I don’t deserve, so I wrote her name down.
Many fans feel that streaming services give a raw deal to musicians, and want to make amends for using them.25 Things I Want from an Online Music Service (and Almost Never Get) | Ted Gioia | June 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Make amends to those you live with, go back to work, enjoy getting to eat meat again.So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm | Kelly Williams Brown | February 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cordle fessed up, manned up, and made amends as best he could.
The hip-hop mogul tells Lloyd Grove he plans to make amends for his Harriet Tubman sex video joke and take Tinseltown by storm.
Leucippe herself goes far to make amends for the general insipidity of the other characters.
But in the campaign of 1814 he made amends for all his former blunders, and his fighting record stands high indeed.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
In such case the defendant was empowered to plead the facts in extenuation, and also to pay money into court by way of amends.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
She rightly conjectured that the girl was already ashamed of her sharpness, and wished to make amends in some way.Joyce's Investments | Fannie E. Newberry
He is rather prone to personal abuse, but makes ample amends to those who will put up with it.
British Dictionary definitions for amends
(functioning as singular) recompense or compensation given or gained for some injury, insult, etc: to make amends
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Other Idioms and Phrases with amends
see make amends.
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