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

amender noun

Choose the Right Synonym for amend

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 Gazelka made the comments two days after City Council members voted unanimously to amend the city’s charter to remove the mandate for a police department – the first step toward disbanding it in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Fox News, "Minnesota state senator: Minneapolis City Council's plan to dismantle police 'makes absolutely no sense'," 28 June 2020 Those with general admission tickets in the infield or suite passes don't have any processes to go through at the moment to affirm or amend their attendance. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "7 things fans need to know about new 2020 Indy 500 plan," 27 June 2020 Tatenhove ordered Beshear this week to amend his mass gatherings order to allow for in-person protests. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Lawsuit goes after Gov. Andy Beshear's limits on Florence Speedway, child care," 27 June 2020 The legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ people in places such as public facilities, housing, and schools. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "'No final victory': Five years after same-sex marriage ruling, inroads have been made. But uncertainty looms," 26 June 2020 The charter would amend language that mandates a police department. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Minneapolis City Council advances plan to disband police," 26 June 2020 But before prosecutors take each case to a grand jury for an indictment against Chemirmir, the medical examiner’s office must re-investigate the case and amend the victim’s death certificate. Dallas News, "Pandemic causes delay in investigation, trial of serial murder suspect Billy Chemirmir," 26 June 2020 House Bill 426, drafted during the 2019 session, looked to amend the Georgia state code. Angela Barajas, Dianne Gallagher And Erica Henry, CNN, "Georgia governor will sign hate crime bill Friday," 26 June 2020 Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Wednesday a measure to amend the law will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Washington Post, "Expansion of California privacy law qualifies for ballot," 25 June 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amend. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for amend

amend

verb
How to pronounce amend (audio)

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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