What does amend mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amendverb

    make amendments to

    "amend the document"

  2. better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorateverb

    to make better

    "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

  3. rectify, remediate, remedy, repair, amendverb

    set straight or right

    "remedy these deficiencies"; "rectify the inequities in salaries"; "repair an oversight"


  1. amendverb

    To make better.

    Etymology: From amender, from emendo, from ex + mendum. Confer aphetic mend.

  2. amendverb

    To become better.

    Etymology: From amender, from emendo, from ex + mendum. Confer aphetic mend.

  3. amendverb

    To heal (someone sick); to cure (a disease etc.).

    Etymology: From amender, from emendo, from ex + mendum. Confer aphetic mend.

  4. amendverb

    To make a formal alteration in legislation by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.

    Etymology: From amender, from emendo, from ex + mendum. Confer aphetic mend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amendverb

    to change or modify in any way for the better

  2. Amendverb

    by simply removing what is erroneous, corrupt, superfluous, faulty, and the like;

  3. Amendverb

    by supplying deficiencies;

  4. Amendverb

    by substituting something else in the place of what is removed; to rectify

  5. Amendverb

    to grow better by rectifying something wrong in manners or morals; to improve


  1. Amend

    The motion to amend, in parliamentary procedure, is used to modify another motion.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amend

    a-mend′, v.t. to correct: to improve: to alter in detail, as a bill before parliament, often so fundamentally as to overthrow entirely the thing originally proposed.—v.i. to grow or become better.—adjs. Amend′able, Amend′atory, corrective.—n. Amend′ment, correction: improvement: an alteration proposed on a bill under consideration: a counter-proposal put before a public meeting: a counter-motion.—n.pl. Amends′, supply of a loss: compensation: reparation. [Fr. amender for emender—L. emendāre, to remove a fault—e, ex, out of, and menda, a fault.]

Editors Contribution

  1. amend

    To change a rule or form of legislation.

    They did amend the legislation to ensure the peoples choices and voices are heard.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'amend' in Verbs Frequency: #886

Anagrams for amend »

  1. ad-men, admen, maned, Medan, named

  2. Admen

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amend in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of amend in a Sentence

  1. Asa Hutchinson:

    In hindsight, I wish that had not become law, but it is the law, and the only chance we have is either to amend it or for the courts to say that it has an unconstitutional foundation.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    I think what my husband believed -- and there was certainly evidence to support it -- is that there was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America, and that there had to be some way to stop that.

  3. Rick Hasen:

    Whichever way congress would go in trying to amend Voting Rights Advancement Act and reestablish some form of preclearance, it's going to have a Supreme Court where at least some members are going to be extremely skeptical of congressional power in this area.

  4. Natural Resources:

    They have not stopped. The process continues, there will be a transition as we amend the ways in which the National Energy Board goes about the process of evaluating these projects, and we will announce those changes as soon as we can, but the process continues.

  5. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    The West understands that today's situation is a dead end - when everyone assumes that it is up to Russia to implement the Minsk accords while Ukraine can do just nothing. That it may not amend its constitution, may not give special status to the Donbass region ... Everyone understands that no one will resolve these issues for Ukraine.

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  • حسن, تعديلArabic
  • подобрявам, кориги́рам, поправямBulgarian
  • ausbessern, verbessern, novellierenGerman
  • mejorar, enmendar, corregirSpanish
  • korjaantua, parantua, parantaa, muuttaa, korjataFinnish
  • amenderFrench
  • leasaigh, ceartaighIrish
  • helyesbítHungarian
  • emendareItalian
  • 改める, 修正, 改正Japanese
  • menemanaMāori
  • verbeteren, amenderen, corrigeren, aanpassenDutch
  • poprawiać, poprawićPolish
  • melhorar, emendarPortuguese
  • соверше́нствовать, исправля́ть, исправляться, улучша́ть, улучша́ться, соверше́нствоваться, [[вноси́ть]] [[изменение, [[вноси́ть]] [[поправкаRussian
  • poboljšatiSerbo-Croatian
  • korrigera, redigera, ändraSwedish
  • iyileştirmek, düzelmek, düzeltmek, iyileşmekTurkish

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