Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To change for the better; improve: amended the earlier proposal so as to make it more comprehensive.
  • transitive v. To remove the faults or errors in; correct. See Synonyms at correct.
  • transitive v. To alter (a legislative measure, for example) formally by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.
  • transitive v. To enrich (soil), especially by mixing in organic matter or sand.
  • intransitive v. To better one's conduct; reform.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make better.
  • v. To become better.
  • v. To heal (someone sick); to cure (a disease etc.).
  • v. To make a formal alteration in legislation by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grow better by rectifying something wrong in manners or morals; to improve.
  • transitive v. To change or modify in any way for the better.

from The 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).
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to make better
  • v. set straight or right
  • v. make amendments to

Etymologies

Middle English amenden, from Old French amender, from Latin ēmendāre : ē-, ex-, ex- + mendum, fault.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French amender, from Latin ēmendō ("free from faults"), from ex ("from, out of") + mendum ("fault"). Confer aphetic mend. (Wiktionary)

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  • Sir all I want is a chance to amend
    Past infidelities please do not send
    Me far away from my wise señorita.


    (Wandering alone, by Belle and Sebastian)

    December 27, 2008