Definition of amend
1 : to put right; especially : to make emendations in (something, such as a text) <amended the manuscript>
2a : to change or modify (something) 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>
: to reform oneself
amendableplay \-ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective
Examples of amend in a sentence
The country's constitution was amended to allow women to vote.
They voted to amend the law in 1920.
He tried to amend the situation by apologizing to me.
amend vs. emend
The question of whether to use amend or emend is a vexing one for many people, complicated by the fact that the words sound quite similar and have meanings that overlap to a considerable degree. Both words can be used with the meanings “to improve” or “to correct,” but there are subtle differences. Emend is most often used in connection with changes to some form of written material, such as a text or manuscript; while such documents may also be described as amended, amend can apply to improvements or corrections made to things other than writing, as in “he amended his behavior.” The confusion is compounded by the fact that one of the most frequently encountered uses of amend is in reference to a document: the Constitution of the United States.
Origin and Etymology 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
AMEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amend for English Language Learners
: 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)
AMEND Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of amend
1 : to change or modify for the better
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>
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