\ 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

amender noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web States should immediately amend their laws to permit electors to vote for a new party nominee in the event the one whose name is on the ballot dies. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | COLUMNISTS: What happens if a nominee dies?," 11 Oct. 2020 Senate Democrats did not amend personal protective equipment allocations Wednesday. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "North Carolina Senate passes third COVID-19 relief package," 3 Sep. 2020 The Chinese lithium producer is still in talks with banks to amend the terms of the loan, including modifying the maturity and interest rate. Annie Lee,, "China Lithium Giant Expects to Access Funds, Warns of Asset Sale," 29 Aug. 2020 Following the discussion, the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee voted to support Stratton’s resolution, so long as lawmakers amend it during this week’s special session to remove the $534 million figure. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Some lawmakers fret about leveraging long-awaited appraisal of Utah’s public lands," 18 Aug. 2020 And amend the unwritten rule that there’s no crying in baseball to also include that there’s no whining about unwritten rules. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Fernando Tatis Jr. upsets baseball's whiners and their unwritten rules," 18 Aug. 2020 Stauber was on the House floor on Thursday calling for a vote on H.R. 8265, which aims to amend the Small Business Act and CARES Act to create a program for second draw loans and modify the Payment Protection Program (PPP). Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "3 Minnesota congressmen flew on Air Force One to Trump rally Wednesday," 2 Oct. 2020 The first proposal would amend the charter to return the city to a single voting district. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "How long should a Warren mayor serve? Voters to decide — again," 28 Sep. 2020 The Department of Justice has proposed that Congress amend part of a 1996 law that gives internet platforms broad immunity from civil lawsuits. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Justice Department moves to make it easier to sue internet companies," 24 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'amend.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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)


\ 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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