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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That complaint was dismissed, but Salazar amended it and claimed that Kai Hernandez told the police that Salazar was having an affair with her husband. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Report: Dem socialist candidate Julia Salazar was arrested in 2011 on suspicion of fraud," 6 Sep. 2018 The filing, which is a public record, is not yet posted on the city website, and Portland Diamond Project has until April 25 to amend it. Gordon R. Friedman, OregonLive.com, "Major League Baseball backers have spent $30,000 lobbying Portland City Hall," 18 Apr. 2018 If voters back the deal on Sunday, Macedonia will then have to amend its constitution. Konstantin Testorides, Fox News, "Macedonia or North Macedonia? Vote tests a nation's identity," 28 Sep. 2018 The initiative, if passed by voters in November, would amend the state constitution to provide certain voting rights for Michigan citizens. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Outgoing ACLU chief Kary Moss pushes ballot-access proposal," 30 June 2018 If that backs the agreement, lawmakers will have to amend the constitution to formalize the name change. Washington Post, "Macedonian president refuses to sign off on change of name," 26 June 2018 The Swiss overwhelmingly passed a xenophobic referendum in November, amending the Constitution to forbid the construction of minarets. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 That would reverse a 2010 decision by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that found bump stocks did not amount to machine guns and could not be regulated unless Congress amended existing firearms law or passed a new one. CBS News, "DOJ takes regulatory step towards bump stock ban," 10 Mar. 2018 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

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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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