noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
- reparation or compensation for a loss, damage, or injury of any kind; recompense.
- Obsolete. improvement; recovery, as of health.
- make amends, to compensate, as for an injury, loss, or insult: I tried to make amends for the misunderstanding by sending her flowers.
verb (used with object)
- to alter, modify, rephrase, or add to or subtract from (a motion, bill, constitution, etc.) by formal procedure: Congress may amend the proposed tax bill.
- to change for the better; improve: to amend one’s ways.
- to remove or correct faults in; rectify.
verb (used without object)
- to grow or become better by reforming oneself: He amends day by day.
- (functioning as singular) recompense or compensation given or gained for some injury, insult, etcto make amends
- to improve; change for the better
- to remove faults from; correct
- to alter or revise (legislation, a constitution, etc) by formal procedure
early 14c., “restitution,” collective singular, from Old French amendes “fine, penalty,” plural of amende “reparation,” from amender “to amend” (see amend).
early 13c., “to free from faults, rectify,” from Old French amender (12c.), from Latin emendare “to correct, free from fault,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + menda “fault, blemish,” from PIE *mend- “physical defect, fault” (cf. Sanskrit minda “physical blemish,” Old Irish mennar “stain, blemish,” Welsh mann “sign, mark”).
Supplanted in senses of “repair, cure” by its shortened offspring mend (v.). Meaning “to add to legislation” (ostensibly to correct or improve it) is recorded from 1777. Related: Amended; amending.
see make amends.