- Amends is defined as compensation for harm.
An example of amends may be the payment in accordance with terms of a lawsuit brought against a defendant who had harmed the plaintiff.
- The definition of amends means to apologize or make a poor situation better.
An example of someone making amends is a husband bringing home flowers to his wife after an argument.
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French plural of amende, a fine: see amend
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plural noun (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Origin: Middle English amendes, from Old French, pl. of amende, reparation, from amender, to amend; see amend.