- The definition of amend means to modify or alter something, often for the better.
An example of amend is the act of making changes to the U.S. Constitution.
- to make better; improve
- to remove the faults of; correct; emend
- to change or revise (a legislative bill, law, constitution, etc.)
Origin of amendMiddle English amenden ; from Old French amender ; from Classical Latin emendare, to correct: see emend
verba·mend·ed, a·mend·ing, a·mends
- To change for the better; improve: “The confinement appeared to have had very little effect in amending his conduct” (Horatio Alger).
- To alter the wording of (a legal document, for example) so as to make more suitable or acceptable. See Synonyms at correct.
- To enrich (soil), especially by mixing in organic matter or sand.
Origin of amendMiddle English amenden, from Old French amender, from Latin ēmendāre : ē-, ex-, ex- + mendum, fault.
(third-person singular simple present amends, present participle amending, simple past and past participle amended)
- To make better.
- (intransitive) To become better.
- 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.2.6.ii:
- he gave her a vomit, and conveyed a serpent, such as she conceived, into the basin; upon the sight of it she was amended.
- To make a formal alteration in legislation by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.
- (law) Abbreviation of amendment.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in legal citation. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Subdivisions", Table T16, p. 472-73.
amend - Legal Definition