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amend

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Pronunciation: /əˈmɛnd
 
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Definition of amend in English:

verb

[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
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, 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
More example sentences
  • 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
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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