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verb \ə-ˈmend\

Simple Definition of amend

  • : to change some of the words and often the meaning of (a law, document, etc.)

  • : to change and improve (something, such as a mistake or bad situation)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of amend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put right; especially :  to make emendations in (as a text)

  3. 2 a :  to change or modify for the better :  improve <amend the situation> b :  to alter especially in phraseology; especially :  to alter formally by modification, deletion, or addition <amend a constitution>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to reform oneself

amendableplay \-ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective
amender noun

Examples of amend in a sentence

  1. The country's constitution was amended to allow women to vote.

  2. They voted to amend the law in 1920.

  3. He tried to amend the situation by apologizing to me.

Origin of amend

Middle English, from Anglo-French amender, modification of Latin emendare, from e, ex out + menda fault; akin to Latin mendax lying, mendicus beggar, and perhaps to Sanskrit mindā physical defect

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of amend

correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong. correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects <correct your spelling>. rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed <rectify a misguided policy>. emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript <emend a text>. remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil <set out to remedy the evils of the world>. redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance <redress past social injustices>. amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes <amend a law>, reform implying drastic change <plans to reform the court system>, and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes <revise the schedule>.

correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error <correct answers> <socially correct dress>. accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care <an accurate description>. exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth <exact measurements>. precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation <precise calibration>. nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination <makes nice distinctions>. right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault <the right thing to do>.

AMEND Defined for Kids


verb \ə-ˈmend\

Definition of amend for Students


  1. 1 :  to change for the better :  improve <He tried to amend the situation by apologizing.>

  2. 2 :  to change the wording or meaning of :  alter <Congress voted to amend the law.>

Law Dictionary


transitive verb

Legal Definition of amend

  1. 1 :  to change or modify for the better

  2. 2 :  to alter especially in the wording; especially :  to alter formally by modification, deletion, or addition <amended the statute> <amend the complaint to cure the defect>

amendable adjective

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