verb \ə-ˈmend\

: 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)

Full Definition of AMEND

transitive verb
:  to put right; especially :  to make emendations in (as a text)
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>
intransitive verb
:  to reform oneself
amend·able \-ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective
amend·er noun

Examples of AMEND

  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


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