What does amend mean?

Definitions for amend

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word amend.

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.

  2. amendverb

    To become better.

  3. amendverb

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

  4. amendverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To AMENDverb

    Etymology: amender, Fr. emendo, Lat.

    Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Jerem. vii. 3.

  2. To Amendverb

    To grow better. To amend differs from to improve; to improve supposes or not denies that the thing is well already, but to amend implies something wrong.

    As my fortune either amends or impairs, I may declare it unto you. Philip Sidney.

    At his touch
    Such sanctity hath heaven given his hand,
    They presently amend. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. amend

    To amend means to modify, alter, or change something, typically a document or text, in order to improve, correct, or update it. This term is often used in the context of laws or policies which are revised or added to.

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  

Suggested Resources

  1. Amend

    Amend vs. Emend -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Amend and Emend.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. AMEND

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Amend is ranked #16161 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Amend surname appeared 1,789 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Amend.

    93.9% or 1,680 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 39 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 26 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.2% or 23 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for amend »

  1. ad-men

  2. admen

  3. maned

  4. Medan

  5. named

  6. mande

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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. Vladimir Putin:

    If the situation develops unfavorably, we will have to amend our plans. Beyond doubt, we will have to cut some (spending). But a positive turn and emergence from the current situation are unavoidable, the growth of the global economy will continue and our economy will rebound from the current situation.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?

  3. Bernie Ecclestone:

    We've got a contract in place (with Hockenheim), we just have to amend the years of the contract. It was alternating with Nuerburgring so we'll just take that out.

  4. Vladimir Putin:

    If the situation develops unfavorably, we will have to amend our plans. Beyond doubt, we will have to cut some (spending). But a positive turn and emergence from the current situation are inevitable, the growth of the global economy will continue and our economy will rebound from the current situation.

  5. Rick Ector:

    Drive-through robberies and carjackings are two compelling reasons why we need to amend Michigan law to allow a lawful handgun owner to legally carry a loaded and accessible pistol without a CPL.

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Translations for amend

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  • تعديل, حسنArabic
  • поправям, подобрявам, кориги́рамBulgarian
  • verbessern, novellieren, ausbessernGerman
  • corregir, enmendar, mejorarSpanish
  • korjata, muuttaa, korjaantua, parantaa, parantuaFinnish
  • amenderFrench
  • ceartaigh, leasaighIrish
  • helyesbítHungarian
  • emendareItalian
  • 修正, 改正, 改めるJapanese
  • menemanaMāori
  • verbeteren, amenderen, corrigeren, aanpassenDutch
  • poprawić, poprawiaćPolish
  • melhorar, emendarPortuguese
  • исправляться, [[вноси́ть]] [[поправка, [[вноси́ть]] [[изменение, соверше́нствоваться, улучша́ться, улучша́ть, соверше́нствовать, исправля́тьRussian
  • poboljšatiSerbo-Croatian
  • ändra, redigera, korrigeraSwedish
  • düzeltmek, iyileşmek, iyileştirmek, düzelmekTurkish

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