Definition of emend
: to correct usually by textual alterations <emended the manuscript>
emendableplay \ē-ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective
Examples of emend in a sentence
<the first printout quickly revealed that our computer program needed to be emended>
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.
Origin and Etymology of emend
Middle English, from Latin emendare — more at amend
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of emend
EMEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emend for English Language Learners
: to correct errors in (something written)
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