verb \ē-ˈmend\

Definition of emend

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to correct usually by textual alterations emended the manuscript


play \ē-ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective



Examples of emend in a sentence

  1. 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

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

EMEND Defined for English Language Learners


verb \ē-ˈmend\

Definition of emend for English Language Learners

  • : to correct errors in (something written)

Medical Dictionary


trademark \i-ˈmend\

Medical Definition of Emend

  1. —used for a preparation of aprepitant

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