\ 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

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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“Amends.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amends. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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