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

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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 On Monday, the Clyde Consolidated Independent School District voted to amend its policy, outlining new guidelines for all students regardless of gender identity. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "This teenager's painted nails got him suspended. Now his Texas school district has created a more gender-neutral dress code policy," 23 Apr. 2021 Council voted to amend the compensation for Clerk of Council Anna Girardi from $300 to $500 a month, retroactive to Jan. 1. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Orange police to start using license-plate-reading traffic cameras," 16 Apr. 2021 If your garden soil has heavy clay soil, then heartily amend it with compost before planting them. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Spring-blooming hellebores are easy to grow in gardens," 10 Apr. 2021 Virginia legislators voted Wednesday to amend the state’s bill to legalize marijuana, making possession of the drug legal as soon as this summer. NBC News, "Virginia lawmakers agree to move up marijuana legalization to summer 2021," 8 Apr. 2021 Access Health CT, a quasi-public state agency, will amend a contract with Faneuil, Inc. to target communities high on the social vulnerability index. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Nursing home isolation, Oahu weddings, eligibility rolls: News from around our 50 states," 29 Mar. 2021 Other countries regularly amend their constitutions. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "When Constitutions Took Over the World," 22 Mar. 2021 The upper house, the House of Lords, could still amend the law and put it back in front of lawmakers. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Police Breakup of Sarah Everard Vigil Heightens Scrutiny of U.K. Plan to Toughen Laws Against Protesters," 15 Mar. 2021 The planning commission recommended Thursday that the Detroit City Council amend the city's Master Plan to make way for any redevelopment of the site, but not necessarily the Parade Co.'s plan. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "The Parade Co. plans to renovate, redevelop Brodhead Armory move forward," 4 Mar. 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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“Amend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amend. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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