Definitions for: Amend

[v] make amendments to; "amend the document"
[v] set straight or right; "remedy these deficiencies"; "rectify the inequities in salaries"; "repair an oversight"
[v] to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

Webster (1913) Definition: A*mend", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amended; p. pr. & vb. n.
Amending.] [F. amender, L. emendare; e (ex) + mendum,
menda, fault, akin to Skr. minda personal defect. Cf.
Emend, Mend.]
To change or modify in any way for the better; as,
(a) by simply removing what is erroneous, corrupt,
superfluous, faulty, and the like;
(b) by supplying deficiencies;
(c) by substituting something else in the place of what is
removed; to rectify.

Mar not the thing that can not be amended. --Shak.

An instant emergency, granting no possibility for
revision, or opening for amended thought. --De Quincey.

We shall cheer her sorrows, and amend her blood, by
wedding her to a Norman. --Sir W.

To amend a bill, to make some change in the details or
provisions of a bill or measure while on its passage,
professedly for its improvement.

Syn: To Amend, Emend, Correct, Reform, Rectify.

Usage: These words agree in the idea of bringing things into
a more perfect state. We correct (literally, make
straight) when we conform things to some standard or
rule; as, to correct proof sheets. We amend by
removing blemishes, faults, or errors, and thus
rendering a thing more a nearly perfect; as, to amend
our ways, to amend a text, the draft of a bill, etc.
Emend is only another form of amend, and is applied
chiefly to editions of books, etc. To reform is
literally to form over again, or put into a new and
better form; as, to reform one's life. To rectify is
to make right; as, to rectify a mistake, to rectify
abuses, inadvertencies, etc.

A*mend" ([.a]*m[e^]nd"), v. i.
To grow better by rectifying something wrong in manners or
morals; to improve. ``My fortune . . . amends.'' --Sir P.

Synonyms: ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate, rectify, remediate, remedy, repair

Antonyms: aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate, worsen

See Also: advance, aid, alleviate, alter, assuage, beautify, build, bushel, change, condition, correct, develop, distill, doctor, down, educate, embellish, emend, enhance, enrich, fine-tune, fix, fructify, furbish up, help, hone, iron out, lift, make pure, mend, palliate, perfect, polish, prettify, purify, put right, raise, refine, reform, regenerate, relieve, restore, revise, revitalize, revize, right, straighten out, sublimate, touch on, turn around, upgrade

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