Definition of amend in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmɛnd/


[with object]
1Make minor changes to (a text, piece of legislation, etc.) in order to make it fairer or more accurate, or to reflect changing circumstances: the rule was amended to apply only to non-members
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  • 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.
revise, alter, change, modify, qualify, adapt, adjust;
edit, copy-edit, rewrite, rescript, redraft, recast, rephrase, reword, rework, reform, update, revamp;
correct, remedy, fix, set right, put right, repair, emend, improve, ameliorate, better, enhance, clarify
2Improve the texture or fertility of (soil): amend your soil with peat moss or compost
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  • If you can't afford topsoil, you can amend the soil with compost.
  • Before replanting, amend soil with lots of fresh compost or organic matter.
  • Plant each clump in soil that has been amended with compost and a balanced fertilizer.
2.1 archaic Put right: a few things had gone wrong, but these had been amended
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /əˈmɛndəb(ə)l/
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.


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.


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

  • 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’.

Words that rhyme with amend

append, apprehend, ascend, attend, befriend, bend, blend, blende, commend, comprehend, condescend, contend, defriend, depend, emend, end, expend, extend, fend, forfend, friend, impend, interdepend, lend, mend, misapprehend, misspend, offend, on-trend, Oostende, Ostend, perpend, portend, rend, reprehend, scrag-end, send, spend, subtend, suspend, tail end, tend, transcend, trend, underspend, unfriend, upend, vend, weekend, wend

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