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- (transitive) To make better; improve.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter I, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.
- (intransitive) To become better.
- 1847 March 30, Herman Melville, Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas; […], London: John Murray, […], →OCLC:
- The teacher sat at one end of the bench, with a meek little fellow by his side. When the others were disorderly, this young martyr received a rap; intended, probably, as a sample of what the rest might expect, if they didn't amend.
- (obsolete, transitive) To heal (someone sick); to cure (a disease etc.).
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, →OCLC, partition II, section 2, member 6, subsection ii:
- he gave her a vomit, and conveyed a serpent, such as she conceived, into the basin; upon the sight of it she was amended.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To be healed, to be cured, to recover (from an illness).
- c. 1606 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Ay, sir; there are a crew of wretched souls
That stay his cure: their malady convinces
The great assay of art; but at his touch—
Such sanctity hath heaven given his hand—
They presently amend.
- (transitive) To make a formal alteration (in legislation, a report, etc.) by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.
to make better
to become better
to make a formal alteration
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amend (plural amends)
- (usually in the plural) An act of righting a wrong; compensation.
- 1813, John Elihu Hall, “Of Mariners”, in The American Law Journal, volume 4:
- Thus by the code of the Visigoths, it was forbidden to all strangers to take their subjects under a penalty of one hundred lashes and an amend in gold.
- 2008, Raphael Sabatini, Chivalry, page 114:
- It was her offer of surrender as an amend that, persuading him of her shining honesty, had aroused in him something akin to worship and had made an end of that cynical spirit in which for worldly ends he had aimed at marrying her.
- 2011, Bill Fifield, Sandy Fifield, Dig Deep in One Place: A Couple's Journey to a Spiritual Life, page 100:
- Did I owe him an amend? Probably not, but I did owe myself an amend. I did this by ceasing to resent.
- 2013, M. T., A Sponsorship Guide for 12-Step Programs, page 120:
- The point was, I wasn't really willing to make the amend, to make it right. But the point of an amend, as I understand it now, is to make it right for the person who was wringed, to the best of our ability, and in so doing, making it right for ourselves.
- (informal, of a document, usually in the plural) Clipping of .
- I've sent over a new version of the doc with some amends.
- “amend”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- “amend”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “amend”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.