- 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
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- (functioning as singular) recompense or compensation given or gained for some injury, insult, etcto make amends
Word Origin for amends
early 14c., "restitution," collective singular, from Old French amendes "fine, penalty," plural of amende "reparation," from amender "to amend" (see amend).
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.
see make amends.