[ uh-mendz ]
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noun(used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. reparation or compensation for a loss, damage, or injury of any kind; recompense.

  2. Obsolete. improvement; recovery, as of health.

Idioms about amends

  1. 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

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English amendes, from Middle French, plural of amende “reparation,” noun derivative of amender “to repair, correct errors in, improve the condition of”; see amend

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British Dictionary definitions for amends


/ (əˈmɛndz) /

  1. (functioning as singular) recompense or compensation given or gained for some injury, insult, etc: to make amends

Origin of amends

C13: from Old French amendes fines, from amende compensation, from amender to emend

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see make amends.

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