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Definition of "amend" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "amend" in a sentence
  • "Care should be exercised in wording the sections providing for amending the constitution, etc., to avoid such tautology as ”amend, or add to, or repeal, ” or ”alter or amend, ” or ”amend or in any way change."
  • "Let the reform begin .... amend, fix, add to, subtract from, but let the reform of health care begin."
  • "_ -- The legitimate use of a motion to amend is to correct or improve the original motion or resolution; but a motion properly before an assembly may be altered in _any_ way; even so as to turn it entirely from its original purpose, unless some rule or law shall exist to prevent this subversion."