amend

verb
\ə-ˈmend \
amended; amending; amends

Definition of amend 

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to reform oneself

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Other Words from amend

amendable \ -​ˈmen-​də-​bəl \ adjective
amender noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for amend

Synonyms

ameliorate, better, enhance, enrich, help, improve, meliorate, perfect, refine, upgrade

Antonyms

worsen

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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

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.

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.
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Rules are less permanent, since they can be amended by the board with 30 days’ notice to the members. Kelly G. Richardson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "HOA Homefront: Are these rules valid?," 14 July 2018 Historically, councilors haven’t had much authority — or exercised it — under city government laws, which were amended as recently as the early 1950s to give the mayor strong executive powers. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Honeymoon over: Council strays from Walsh on key issues, often to his left," 6 July 2018 But the County Council is considering a resolution that would pose a question to the voters in the November election: Should their charter be amended to require the County Council to confirm the county executive’s choice of police chief? Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Should the Anne Arundel County Council get to approve the county executive's pick for police chief?," 3 July 2018 Even some opponents asked lawmakers to pass it in the hopes it will be amended later. Sophia Bollag, The Seattle Times, "Special interests use California ballot to flex muscle," 2 July 2018 Even some opponents asked lawmakers to pass it in the hopes it will be amended later. Washington Post, "Special interests use California ballot to flex muscle," 2 July 2018 Both the city of Sacramento and the National Safety Council offer tips on how to keep the whole family safe when using fireworks at home, which are amended below. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "Your guide to celebrating a midweek Fourth of July," 2 July 2018 The bill doesn’t go into effect until 2020 and could still be amended. Fox News, "California's sweeping data-privacy bill signed into law," 29 June 2018 That frightened the tech industry, which viewed legislation as a more palatable alternative, in part because the bill can still be amended before taking effect in 2020. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "The Real-Estate Developer Who Took On the Tech Giants," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of amend

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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amend

verb

English Language Learners 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)

amend

verb
\ə-ˈmend \
amended; amending

Kids Definition of amend

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

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

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

Other Words from amend

amendable adjective

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