Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To improve by critical editing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To correct and revise (a text).

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

  • verb make improvements or corrections to

Etymologies

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

[Middle English emenden, from Latin ēmendāre : ē-, ex-, ex- + mendum, defect, fault.]

Examples

  • 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."

    Dorian de Wind: Dick Cheney's Last Word

  • 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."

    Dorian de Wind: Dick Cheney's Last Word

  • 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.

    The Typewriter Is Holy

  • 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.

    The Typewriter Is Holy

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • If you've been in such relationships yourself, how would you expand or emend my taxonomy?

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • (That could also help you emend - that is right, not amend - your snorky BHO comments)

    Hillary: Wright "Would Not Have Been My Pastor"

  • 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.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • 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.

    First Lives

  • 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.

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  • This always comes in handy at my job. :-)

    July 12, 2007

  • I try to emend my ways, but. . .

    July 12, 2007

  • Jeez, all this time and THAT'S what we should have been doing to the Constitution! Is it too late to change?

    July 12, 2007

  • And speaking of emending, I have been trying to think of the technical word that describes this howler:

    I was editing a piece of writing for someone near and dear to me, and had a hard time convincing him that "Installing (you name the software) in a nutshell." was not a good header. The defense was reference to the series of "In a Nutshell" books.

    It is a pretty funny image, I must say. Every time I think of it I laugh-groan.

    July 12, 2007

  • Whose constitution? How's yer constitution?

    July 12, 2007

  • Eh, I'm pretty weak in that department. I should take more vitamins, or eat fewer frozen dinners. Maybe both. I'm downright unconstitutional.

    July 12, 2007

  • And you're calling Homeland Security on me? Hmph.

    July 12, 2007

  • I'm a libertarian, you think I care about you? ;-)

    July 12, 2007

  • Libertarian, Presbyterian...what do I care? I cut TAGS off stuff, pal!

    July 12, 2007

  • Is there some connotational difference between emend and amend? Likewise, is there some difference between emendable and amenable?

    July 12, 2007