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.

1275–1325; Middle English amendes < Middle French, plural of amende reparation, noun derivative of amender to amend

1. redress, restitution. Unabridged


verb (used with object)
to alter, modify, rephrase, or add to or subtract from (a motion, bill, constitution, etc.) by formal procedure: Congress may amend the proposed tax bill.
to change for the better; improve: to amend one's ways. ameliorate, better. worsen.
to remove or correct faults in; rectify.
verb (used without object)
to grow or become better by reforming oneself: He amends day by day. improve, ameliorate. worsen.

1175–1225; Middle English amenden < Old French amender < Latin ēmendāre to correct, equivalent to ē- e-1 + mend(a) blemish + -āre infinitive suffix

amendable, adjective
amender, noun
nonamendable, adjective
reamend, verb
unamendable, adjective
unamended, adjective
unamending, adjective
well-amended, adjective

amenable, amendable, emendable.

3. Amend, emend both mean to improve by correcting or by freeing from error. Amend is the general term, used of any such correction in detail: to amend spelling, punctuation, grammar. Emend usually applies to the correction of a text in the process of editing or preparing for publication; it implies improvement in the sense of greater accuracy: He emended the text of the play by restoring the original reading. Unabridged
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amend (əˈmɛnd)
1.  to improve; change for the better
2.  to remove faults from; correct
3.  to alter or revise (legislation, a constitution, etc) by formal procedure
[C13: from Old French amender, from Latin ēmendāre to emend]

amends (əˈmɛndz)
(functioning as singular) recompense or compensation given or gained for some injury, insult, etc: to make amends
[C13: from Old French amendes fines, from amende compensation, from amender to emend]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "to free from faults, rectify," from O.Fr. amender (12c.), from L. emendare "to correct, free from fault," from ex- "out" + menda "fault, blemish" (cognate with Skt. minda "physical blemish," O.Ir. mennar "stain, blemish," Welsh mann "sign, mark"). Supplanted in senses of "repair, cure"
by its aphetic offspring mend (q.v.). Meaning "to add to legislation" (ostensibly to correct or improve it) is recorded from 1777.

early 14c., "restitution," collective singular, from O.Fr. amendes "fine, penalty," pl. of amende "reparation," from amender "to amend" (see amend).
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Idioms & Phrases


see make amends.

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Example sentences
He volunteered to make amends by writing a song about the professor's monograph
  on sweatshop labor.
Its pursuit of stability above democracy has damaged its image, but it can make
  amends now.
Let me make amends for that shortfall by reading the report.
He would recognize the cost of his abuses against nature, and he would finally
  begin to try to make amends.
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