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amend

Syllabification: a·mend
Pronunciation: /əˈmend
 
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Definition of amend in English:

verb

[with object]
1Make minor changes in (a text) in order to make it fairer, more accurate, or more up-to-date: the rule was amended to apply only to nonmembers
More example sentences
  • It said it has persuaded several overseas companies to amend their websites to reflect UK law.
  • Since publication, Valder has slightly amended the text of his manifesto, replacing the second last paragraph.
  • This is the slightly amended text of an address he gave to a Quadrant dinner in Sydney in August.
Synonyms
edit, copyedit, rewrite, redraft, rephrase, reword, rework, revamp
1.1Modify formally, as a legal document or legislative bill: did she amend her original will later on? pressuring Panama to amend its banking laws
More example sentences
  • The bill was later amended and eventually passed, recognizing hockey as Canada's official winter sport and lacrosse as Canada's official summer sport.
  • Almost all stated that, unless significantly amended, the bills would erode rights and freedoms that are a fundamental part of our democratic way of life.
  • The Government has the chance to facilitate substantial reform of the Australian media industry by accepting this bill as amended.
1.2Make better; improve: if you can amend or alter people’s mindset
1.3 archaic Put right: a few things had gone wrong, but these had been amended
More example sentences
  • I mean, Howard Dean has said a lot of things in this campaign that he's subsequently modified, amended or taken back.
  • He said it would be ‘wholly irresponsible’ to scrap the system and said it could be modified and amended.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French amender, based on Latin emendare (see emend).

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  • mend from (Middle English):

    Even though it is found slightly earlier, mend is thought to be a shortening of amend, which along with emend are recorded within a few years of each other. They all go back to Latin emendare ‘to free from faults, correct’.

Derivatives

amendable

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Under this standard, any amendable Constitution makes possible any change whatsoever, since theoretically the Constitution could be amended to implement that change.
  • Senator McConnell says it is amendable and debatable.
  • The pilots now work under a collective-bargaining agreement amendable at the end of next year.

amender

2
noun
Example sentences
  • He was among the thirty-four authors and amenders of the 1933 Humanist Manifesto, first drafted by Roy Wood Sellars.
  • Article authors and amenders get no pay and no public credit.
  • The amends made should support the amender's values or the family or school values if the amender is young.

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