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