\ ē-ˈmend How to pronounce emend (audio) \
emended; emending; emends

Definition of emend

transitive verb

: to correct usually by textual alterations emended the manuscript

Other Words from emend

emendable \ ē-​ˈmen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce emend (audio) \ adjective
emender noun

Choose the Right Synonym for emend

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 emend in a Sentence

the first printout quickly revealed that our computer program needed to be emended
Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, DiCarlo has gone the extra mile to promote her company and to emend its image—her image—as required. Lux Alptraum, Wired, 16 Oct. 2020 Editor’s Note: This article has been emended since its initial publication. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 24 Jan. 2020 Since preservation is no longer an issue, why not amend and emend the rules to play out the final? Jon Wertheim, SI.com, 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of emend

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emend

Middle English, from Latin emendare — more at amend

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“Emend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emend. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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