\ 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 Val tries to make amends with his ex (Tiffany Haddish), and Kevin cooks up a plan to exert justice on his abuser, a child psychologist named Dr. Brenner (Henry Winkler). Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 The good news is that Miranda and Meredith finally forgive each other and make amends. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 13 May 2022 Nevertheless, the California Democratic Party is trying to make amends for its error. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2022 Neil draws the ire of social media influencer Titi B and tries to make amends before her followers upend his life. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Justin and Hailey make amends after bumping into each other at a church conference in Miami. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 May 2022 For any of us well versed in the components of a true apology, or how to make amends, this all sounds easy enough. Isis Dallis, Quartz, 21 Apr. 2022 Institutions worldwide have been grappling with how to make amends to the Jewish families whose art and heirlooms were lost during the Holocaust. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 And so, to make amends after Kate loses at trial, Sophie leaks the story of James’ cover-up to the press. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Amends.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amends. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for amends


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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