make amends

amends

[uh-mendz]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
reparation or compensation for a loss, damage, or injury of any kind; recompense.
2.
Obsolete. improvement; recovery, as of health.
Idioms
3.
make amends, to compensate, as for an injury, loss, or insult: I tried to make amends for the misunderstanding by sending her flowers.

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


1. redress, restitution.
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amends (əˈmɛndz)
 
n
(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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amends
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

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.

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