amend

verb
\ ə-ˈmend How to pronounce amend (audio) \
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 How to pronounce amendable (audio) \ 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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Julian Banda, 18, pleaded guilty to two amended counts of possession of THC during a plea/sentencing hearing Monday, July 1. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Brookfield Central High School star athlete Julian Banda has been sentenced to probation in drug case," 1 July 2019 During a public hearing on amending the zoning of the property to accommodate the project, residents worried about increasing traffic on Route 3. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Developer propose 144 new apartments, commercial building on Middletown’s Newfield Street," 27 June 2019 San Francisco's Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance amending the health code to prohibit the sale, manufacture, and distribution of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, on city property. NBC News, "San Francisco becomes first major U.S. city to ban e-cigarettes," 25 June 2019 In regular session, the council introduced an ordinance amending city code to clarify the regulations on temporary storage units. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, June 23," 23 June 2019 If those changes are indeed enacted, which would require amending federal law, cetaceans could only be legally caught for scientific purposes. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Animals trapped in notorious Russia ‘whale jail’ begin path to freedom," 20 June 2019 Kushner was criticized for filing erroneous financial disclosures, amending his submissions nearly four dozen times. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made up to $135 million while working for free," 15 June 2019 In an April 2017 settlement with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Greitens' campaign agreed to pay a small fine and amended its finance reports to show the list as a donation from Laub. chicagotribune.com, "Report indicates Greitens' campaign lied about how it obtained charity donor list," 3 May 2018 Temple's complaint led to a settlement with the Missouri Ethics Commission in April 2017 in which Greitens campaign agreed to pay a small fine and amended its finance reports to show the list as a donation from Laub. CBS News, "Ex-aide to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he was duped into being scapegoat," 2 May 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 How to pronounce amend (audio) \
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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