American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To change for the better; improve: amended the earlier proposal so as to make it more comprehensive.
- v. To remove the faults or errors in; correct. See Synonyms at correct.
- v. To alter (a legislative measure, for example) formally by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.
- v. To enrich (soil), especially by mixing in organic matter or sand.
- v. To better one's conduct; reform.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To free from faults; make better, or more correct or proper; change for the better; correct; improve; reform.
- To make a change or changes in the form of, as a bill or motion, or a constitution; properly, to improve in expression or detail, but by usage to alter either in construction, purport, or principle.
- To repair; mend.
- 4. To heal or recover (the sick); cure (a disease). Synonyms Amend, Improve, Better, Emend, Mend, Correct, Rectify, Reform, Ameliorate. Amend is generally to bring into a more perfect state by the removal of defects: as, to
amenda record or one's manner of life. Improve and better are the only words in the list that do not necessarily imply something previously wrong; they may mean the heightening of excellence: as, to improveland or one's penmanship. Better is also used in the sense of surpass. Correct and rectify are. by derivation, to make right; they are the most absolute, as denoting the bringing of a thing from an imperfect state into conformity with some standard or rule: as, to correctproof; to rectify an error in accounts. To mend is to repair or restore that which has become impaired: as, to menda shoe, a bridge, etc. Applied to things other than physical, it may be equivalent to amend: as, to mendone's manners. Emend has especially the limited meaning of restoring or attempting to restore the text of books. Reform, is to form over again for the better, either by returning the thing to its previous state or by bringing it up to a new one; or it may be to remove by reform: as, to reformthe laws; to reform abuses. Ameliorate is not commonly applied to persons and things, but to condition and kindred abstractions; it expresses painstaking effort followed by some measure of success: as, to amelioratethe condition of the poor.
- To grow or become better by reformation, or by rectifying something wrong in manners or morals.
- To become better (in health); recover from illness.
- n. Compensation: generally used in the plural. See amends.
- v. transitive To make better.
- v. intransitive To become better.
- v. obsolete, transitive To heal (someone sick); to cure (a disease etc.).
- v. transitive To make a formal alteration in legislation by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To change or modify in any way for the better.
- v. To grow better by rectifying something wrong in manners or morals; to improve.
- v. to make better
- v. set straight or right
- v. make amendments to
- From Old French amender, from Latin ēmendō ("free from faults"), from ex ("from, out of") + mendum ("fault"). Confer aphetic mend. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English amenden, from Old French amender, from Latin ēmendāre : ē-, ex-, ex- + mendum, fault. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Let the reform begin .... amend, fix, add to, subtract from, but let the reform of health care begin.”
“_ -- The legitimate use of a motion to amend is to correct or improve the original motion or resolution; but a motion properly before an assembly may be altered in _any_ way; even so as to turn it entirely from its original purpose, unless some rule or law shall exist to prevent this subversion.”
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“In an interview the day after your rally you said that you would like to "amend" your statement in which you accused President Obama of being a racist and said he had a deep hatred in his heart for white people.”
“After all, they haven't seized the power to unilaterally "amend" the Constitution without state approval, only to let it go without a fight.”
“Most of the state constitutions in question are relatively easy to amend which is one of the reasons why gay marriage opponents were able to push through their own amendments so quickly after 2003.”
“Although California voters can "amend" the constitution through a ballot measure alone, a "revision" must receive a two-thirds vote of the Legislature before being put before the voters.”
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