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Related to amend: make amends
to alter, modify, rephrase; to add or subtract from: Congress may amend the tax bill.
Not to be confused with:
amends – reparation or compensation for a loss, damage, or injury of any kind; recompense; to make amends: He tried to make amends for his rudeness by bringing flowers.
emend – to edit or change (a text) to remove errors; to correct: We must emend the text before the book goes to print.
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v. a·mend·ed, a·mend·ing, a·mends
1. To change for the better; improve: "The confinement appeared to have had very little effect in amending his conduct" (Horatio Alger).
2. To alter the wording of (a legal document, for example) so as to make more suitable or acceptable. See Synonyms at correct.
3. To enrich (soil), especially by mixing in organic matter or sand.
To better one's conduct; reform.
[Middle English amenden, from Old French amender, from Latin ēmendāre : ē-, ex-, ex- + mendum, fault.]
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1. to improve; change for the better
2. to remove faults from; correct
3. (Law) to alter or revise (legislation, a constitution, etc) by formal procedure
[C13: from Old French amender, from Latin ēmendāre to emend]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to modify, rephrase, or add to or subtract from (a bill, constitution, etc.) by formal procedure: Congress may amend the proposed tax bill.
2. to change for the better; improve.
3. to remove or correct faults in; rectify.v.i.
4. to grow or become better by reforming oneself.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French amender < Latin ēmendāre to correct; see emend]
syn: amend, emend both mean to alter, improve, or correct something written. amend is the general term, used of any such correction or improvement in details; it may refer to adding, taking away, or changing a character, word, or phrase: to amend spelling and punctuation in a report; to amend a contract. emend applies specifically to the critical alteration of a text in the process of editing or preparing it for publication; it implies improvement in the direction of greater accuracy: The scholar emended the text by restoring the original reading.
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Past participle: amended
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|Verb||1.||amend - make amendments to; "amend the document"|
revise - make revisions in; "revise a thesis"
|2.||amend - to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"|
alleviate, relieve, palliate, assuage - provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
enrich - make better or improve in quality; "The experience enriched her understanding"; "enriched foods"
build up, develop - change the use of and make available or usable; "develop land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"
turn around - improve dramatically; "The new strategy turned around sales"; "The tutor turned around my son's performance in math"
help - improve; change for the better; "New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture"
upgrade - to improve what was old or outdated; "I've upgraded my computer so I can run better software"; "The company upgraded their personnel"
condition - put into a better state; "he conditions old cars"
emend - make improvements or corrections to; "the text was emended in the second edition"
enhance - make better or more attractive; "This sauce will enhance the flavor of the meat"
fix, furbish up, mend, repair, bushel, doctor, touch on, restore - restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"
reform - make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices; "reform a political system"
reform - improve by alteration or correction of errors or defects and put into a better condition; "reform the health system in this country"
build - improve the cleansing action of; "build detergents"
fine-tune, refine, polish, down - improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
distill, make pure, purify, sublimate - remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation; "purify the water"
fructify - make productive or fruitful; "The earth that he fructified"
advance - develop further; "We are advancing technology every day"
upgrade - give better travel conditions to; "The airline upgraded me when I arrived late and Coach Class was full"
educate - give an education to; "We must educate our youngsters better"
|3.||amend - set straight or right; "remedy these deficiencies"; "rectify the inequities in salaries"; "repair an oversight"|
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verb change, improve, reform, fix, correct, repair, edit, alter, enhance, update, revise, modify, remedy, rewrite, mend, rectify, tweak (informal), ameliorate, redraw, rebrand The committee put forward proposals to amend the penal system.
plural noun (usually in make amends) compensation, apology, restoration, redress, reparation, indemnity, restitution, atonement, recompense, expiation, requital He wanted to make amends for causing their marriage to fail.
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breyta til batnaîar, bæta
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vt [+ law, constitution, rules] → amender; [+ text] → corriger; [+ statement] → modifier; [+ habits] → réformer
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to correct or improve. We shall amend the error as soon as possible. regstel يَصْلُح، يَحْسُن поправям corrigir opravit verbessern rette; korrigere διορθώνω, βελτιώνωenmendar, corregir parandama اصلاح کردن korjata corriger לְתָקֵן, לְשַׁפֵּר संशोधन करना ispraviti (meg)javít memperbaiki breyta til batnaðar, bæta correggere 改める 수정하다 ištaisyti, pataisyti labot; izdarīt labojumus memperbetulkan verbeteren rette på, forbedre naprawiać, poprawiać اصلاح کول emendar a îndrepta исправлять opraviť popraviti izmeniti, dopuniti rätta till ทำให้ดีขึ้น; ปรับปรุง düzeltmek, değişiklik yapmak 修正，改善 виправляти, вносити поправки ترمیم کرنا ، درست کرنا sửa đổi 改正，amendmake amends
to do something to improve the situation after doing something wrong, stupid etc. He gave her a present to make amends for his rudeness. opmaak يُقَدِّم تَرْضِيَه عَن، يُعَوّض عَن правя промени reparar napravit, odškodnit wiedergutmachen gøre godt igen επανορθώνωcompensar, enmendar, reparar heaks tegema جبران کردن hyvittää réparer, racheter לְתָקֵן nadoknaditi jóvá tesz menebus bæta fyrir riparare 償いをする 보상하다 atsiteisti, atlyginti nuostolius atlīdzināt; kompensēt menebus weer goedmakengjøre godt igjen naprawiać szkody, wynagradzać زغمل reparar a repara, a îndrepta заглаживать вину napraviť oddolžiti se, odkupiti se ispraviti grešku gottgöra ngt, bättra sig ชดใช้ hatasını düzeltmek, kendini affettirmek 賠償，道歉 компенсувати що تلافی کرنا sửa đổi 赔偿，道歉
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vt. enmendar, corregir.
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