\ ə-ˈmen(d)z How to pronounce amends (audio) \

Definition of amends

: compensation for a loss or injury : recompense trying to make amends for his bad behavior

Examples of amends in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consider this your opportunity to make amends for a grievous mistake. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Dear Jerry Jones: Your instincts are right this time. Go get J.J. Watt.," 12 Feb. 2021 But given the firestorm that family separations generated across party lines, Mr. Biden will be asked to take a wide range of actions to make amends. New York Times, "Separated Families: A Legacy Biden Has Inherited From Trump," 1 Feb. 2021 In flashbacks, her father tries to engender a conversation about how her mother has grown recently, being nine months sober and eager to make amends. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, "Euphoria Special Recap: Most Girls," 25 Jan. 2021 After overcoming injury upon injury, these linemen want to make amends for one of their poorest performances of the season. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "Packers' offensive line still rolling even without Bakhtiari," 22 Jan. 2021 Many are weighing how to make amends through financial investments and long-term programs benefiting African Americans. The Salt Lake Tribune, "More U.S. churches commit to racism-linked reparations," 14 Dec. 2020 This livestreamed concert will finally make amends. oregonlive, "12 classical music performances to stir and soothe winter of our discontent," 11 Jan. 2021 Lillard, who missed a short jumper at the end of regulation that could have won the game, late in overtime drove to the basket looking to make amends. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum scores 44, game-winner in 128-126 OT win over Houston Rockets: Game rewind," 26 Dec. 2020 A day later, Wood asked one of the lawyers to make amends. Alan Judd, ajc, "Amid personal turmoil, libel lawyer Lin Wood goes on the attack for Trump," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of amends

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amends

Middle English amendes, from Anglo-French, plural of amende reparation, from amender

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The first known use of amends was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2021

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“Amends.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amends. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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noun plural
\ ə-ˈmendz How to pronounce amends (audio) \

Kids Definition of amends

: something done or given by a person to make up for a loss or injury he or she has caused He was sorry for ruining the garden and promised to make amends.
Hint: Amends can be used as a singular, but is more common as a plural.

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