Definition of amends in English:

amends

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Pronunciation: /əˈmɛn(d)z
 
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noun

(in phrase make amends)
Compensate or make up for a wrongdoing: try to make amends for the rude way you spoke to Lucy
More example sentences
  • Is it possible for that family to make amends and atone for its ill-gotten gains?
  • I suppose you could say I am making amends after all these years.
  • The bowler, however, agreed to continue when he was advised that instead of feeling depressed, he should just concentrate on making amends in the second Test starting here tomorrow.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English: from Old French amendes 'penalties, fine', plural of amende 'reparation', from amender (see amend).

Phrases

offer of amends

Law An offer to publish a correction and an apology for an act of libel: the plaintiff cannot succeed if the defendant proves that an offer of amends was made in good time
More example sentences
  • In the circumstances I have summarised above, I believe that the right discount for the belated offer of amends and apology is 35%.
  • Under section 4 of the Defamation Act 1952 the defendant can establish a valid defence if he proves that he published the words innocently and has made an offer of amends.
  • Parliament intended that a defendant whose offer of amends is turned down should have a statutory defence for that very reason - save in exceptional circumstances.

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