[ 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.
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Idioms for amends
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
Words nearby amends
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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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Idioms and Phrases with make amends (1 of 2)
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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