amend

verb
\ ə-ˈmend How to pronounce amend (audio) \
amended; amending; amends

Essential Meaning of amend

1 : to change some of the words and often the meaning of (a law, document, etc.) The country's constitution was amended to allow women to vote. They voted to amend the law in 1920.
2 : to change and improve (something, such as a mistake or bad situation) He tried to amend the situation by apologizing to me.

Full 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 The full council could further amend the legislation. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Oct. 2021 The Equality Act, which still needs to be approved in the Senate, would amend federal law, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Fair Housing Act, to explicitly include anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans. Tommy Beer, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The city cannot amend its charter more than once every two years, and voters just recently amended it in May to impact new and upcoming bond projects. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Oct. 2021 The new bankruptcy bill, if passed, could amend the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to help more student loan borrowers get student loan relief. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 The Keeping Renters Safe Act of 2021 would amend Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to grant permanent authority to HHS to implement a residential eviction moratorium to address public health crises. Essence, 21 Sep. 2021 The bill, which was introduced by the assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, would amend the state’s civil code and allow victims to sue perpetrators for damages. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2021 The measure, if approved, would amend the city charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety. Raja Razek, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 In fact, only if read as a social critique on mob mentality, the film can amend its ambiguous political stance. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 9 Sep. 2021

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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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19 Oct 2021

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“Amend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amend. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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.

amend

transitive verb

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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amendable adjective

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