[ uh-mendz ]
/ əˈmɛndz /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

reparation or compensation for a loss, damage, or injury of any kind; recompense.
Obsolete. improvement; recovery, as of health.


    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

1275–1325; Middle English amendes < Middle French, plural of amende reparation, noun derivative of amender to amend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for make amends


/ (əˈmɛndz) /


(functioning as singular) recompense or compensation given or gained for some injury, insult, etcto make amends

Word Origin for amends

C13: from Old French amendes fines, from amende compensation, from amender to emend
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Word Origin and History for make amends



early 14c., "restitution," collective singular, from Old French amendes "fine, penalty," plural of amende "reparation," from amender "to amend" (see amend).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with make amends (1 of 2)

make amends

Compensate someone for a grievance or injury, as in They must make amends for the harm they've caused you. This expression was first recorded in 1330.

Idioms and Phrases with make amends (2 of 2)


see make amends.

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