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From Old French amender, from Latin ēmendō(free from faults), from ex(from, out of) + mendum(fault). Confer aphetic mend.



amend ‎(third-person singular simple present amends, present participle amending, simple past and past participle amended)

  1. (transitive) To make better.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      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.
    • Shakespeare
      Mar not the thing that cannot be amended.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      We shall cheer her sorrows, and amend her blood, by wedding her to a Norman.
  2. (intransitive) To become better.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To heal (someone sick); to cure (a disease etc.).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.x:
      But Paridell complaynd, that his late fight / With Britomart, so sore did him offend, / That ryde he could not, till his hurts he did amend.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.6.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.
  4. (transitive) To make a formal alteration in legislation by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.


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