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.
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How to use make amends in a sentence
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
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
The hip-hop mogul tells Lloyd Grove he plans to make amends for his Harriet Tubman sex video joke and take Tinseltown by storm.
I was there to offer condolences and make amends of a sort, via U.S. dollars.
But after seeing Chasing Ice, she knew she had to make amends.‘Chasing Ice’ Director on Hurricane Sandy, & Waking Up to Global Warming | Jeff Orlowski | December 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Leucippe herself goes far to make amends for the general insipidity of the other characters.
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
Is it thus you wish to try to make amends for the welcome of which I complain?Amphitryon | Moliere
Was there no scheme of some other sort, and far less agreeable, to make amends for Steignton?Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith
So, then, our union gives us powers to make amends to the world, if the world should grant us a term of peace for the effort.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith