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 \ ə-​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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Does the path out of our current era of stalemate, minority rule, and executive abuse require amending the Constitution? Dan Baum, Harpers Magazine, "October 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 That was the kind of thing Republicans did, but Democrats did not propose amending the Constitution. Louis Michael Seidman, Harper's magazine, "Constitution in Crisis," 16 Sep. 2019 Months later, two of those legislators were disqualified for amending their oaths of office in a way that Beijing disapproved of. The Economist, "The voice of Hong Kong’s revolution speaks," 30 July 2019 Two hours into Wednesday’s public comment session, workers representing industries including the gig economy and the recording business were invited to speak to the committee in support of amending the bill . Johana Bhuiyan, latimes.com, "Uber and Lyft drivers swarm Sacramento as lawmakers advance gig workers’ rights bill," 10 July 2019 Now the agency has issued a notification of its plan to amend the registration rule to include a fee. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "H-1B visa: Federal government plans fee for new registration process," 6 Sep. 2019 The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences earlier this year contemplated a new rule stipulating a four-week exclusive run in theaters before ultimately deciding not to amend their rules for next year's Oscars. Jake Coyle, chicagotribune.com, "Netflix to give ‘The Irishman’ exclusive theatrical release," 27 Aug. 2019 This means Ideanomics is in for a monthslong process to amend town zoning rules and ultimately gain town approval. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Weeks after unveiling the concept for a West Hartford ‘Fintech Village,’ Ideanomics still hasn’t filed formal design plans," 8 Aug. 2019 It must still be incorporated in a proposal to amend existing rules, which would undergo a public comment period before being finalized and approved. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "FASB Advances Toward Easing Accounting Burden for Libor Phaseout," 19 June 2019

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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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