American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To improve by critical editing: emend a faulty text.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remove faults or blemishes from; free from fault; alter for the better; correct; amend.
- To amend by criticism of the text; improve the reading of: as, this edition of Virgil is greatly emended.
- Synonyms Improve, Better, etc. See amend.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To purge of faults; to make better; to correct; esp., to make corrections in (a literary work); to alter for the better by textual criticism, generally verbal.
- v. make improvements or corrections to
- Middle English emenden, from Latin ēmendāre : ē-, ex-, ex- + mendum, defect, fault. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When pressed by the reporter whether he cared about the opinion of the American people, instead of bristling at the suggestion, Dick Cheney tried to emend his response by saying "I think you can not be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.”
“He wrote to Allen Ginsberg on March 24, 1959, American College Dictionary sent me their big square definition of ‘beat generation’ and wanted to know if I would revise, emend or make a new one.”
“(That could also help you emend - that is right, not amend - your snorky BHO comments)”
“My experiences from the past few weeks in this city, whose quiet yet energetic design once lured monks and monkeys alike to its riverbanks, has forced me to emend the saying: If not me, then surely me.”
“Our choice is to emend the texts so that we can sing them wholeheartedly, and Richard Tarrant and Larry Rosenwald devised good solutions for Nova vobis gaudia and Letabundus.”
“If you've been in such relationships yourself, how would you expand or emend my taxonomy?”
“Sometimes, I point out such examples to my students in religious studies, in order to show them the difference between scholarship and dogmatics: we scholars like to emend our conclusions in light of new evidence or fresh arguments.”
“In 1512 Julius, battered in conflict and ailing in health, called a council to meet at the Lateran to emend a Church now universally agreed to be corrupt.”
“And we will put in useful things like paragraph breaks and dialogue markers, emend "&" to "and," and correct the assorted typos, but otherwise not edit or alter the story.”
“Nick Kaplan: emend from your last post "despite over-reacting at times .." to "despite, in the face of extreme provocation, having to restrain itself in the face of squeamish reaction of its so-called allies ...”
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