• WordNet 3.6
    • v amend set straight or right "remedy these deficiencies","rectify the inequities in salaries","repair an oversight"
    • v amend to make better "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"
    • v amend make amendments to "amend the document"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.
    • v. t Amend To change or modify in any way for the better "Mar not the thing that can not be amended .""An instant emergency, granting no possibility for revision, or opening for amended thought.""We shall cheer her sorrows, and amend her blood, by wedding her to a Norman."
    • v. i Amend ȧ*mĕnd" To grow better by rectifying something wrong in manners or morals; to improve. "My fortune . . . amends ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union's Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.
    • amend To free from faults; make better, or more correct or proper; change for the better; correct; improve; reform.
    • amend To make a change or changes in the form of, as a bill or motion, or a constitution; properly, to improve in expression or detail, but by usage to alter either in construction, purport, or principle.
    • amend To repair; mend.
    • amend To heal or recover (the sick); cure (a disease). Synonyms Amend, Improve, Better, Emend, Mend, Correct, Rectify, Reform, Ameliorate. Amend is generally to bring into a more perfect state by the removal of defects: as, to amend a record or one's manner of life. Improve and better are the only words in the list that do not necessarily imply something previously wrong; they may mean the heightening of excellence: as, to improve land or one's penmanship. Better is also used in the sense of surpass. Correct and rectify are. by derivation, to make right; they are the most absolute, as denoting the bringing of a thing from an imperfect state into conformity with some standard or rule: as, to correct proof; to rectify an error in accounts. To mend is to repair or restore that which has become impaired: as, to mend a shoe, a bridge, etc. Applied to things other than physical, it may be equivalent to amend: as, to mend one's manners. Emend has especially the limited meaning of restoring or attempting to restore the text of books. Reform, is to form over again for the better, either by returning the thing to its previous state or by bringing it up to a new one; or it may be to remove by reform: as, to reform the laws; to reform abuses. Ameliorate is not commonly applied to persons and things, but to condition and kindred abstractions; it expresses painstaking effort followed by some measure of success: as, to ameliorate the condition of the poor.
    • amend To grow or become better by reformation, or by rectifying something wrong in manners or morals.
    • amend To become better (in health); recover from illness.
    • n amend Compensation: generally used in the plural. See amends.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment: Prohibition.
    • v.t Amend a-mend′ to correct: to improve: to alter in detail, as a bill before parliament, often so fundamentally as to overthrow entirely the thing originally proposed
    • v.i Amend to grow or become better
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.”
  • Henry Wilson
    Henry Wilson
    “I believe if we introduced the Lord's Prayer here, senators would propose a large number of amendments to it.”
  • Confucius
    “The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.”
  • John (Jay) Mccloy
    John (Jay) Mccloy
    “Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.”
  • John Perry Barlow
    John Perry Barlow
    “In Cyberspace, the 1st Amendment is a local ordinance.”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature as in respect to the nature of all other things, namely not to follow it but to amend it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. amender, L. emendare,; e, ex,) + mendum, menda, fault, akin to Skr. minda, personal defect. Cf. Emend Mend


In literature:

Halifax, in moving the amendment, announced that he did so with the king's sanction, and it was adopted by the lords.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
No amends are necessary.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
A state Constitution is a law made by the people and cannot be changed by the legislature, but may be amended or revised by the voters.
"Citizenship" by Emma Guy Cromwell
Amendments were made to this treaty in the senate, and it was not fully completed and proclaimed until Feb. 24, 1853.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
Another important matter acted upon during the first session of Congress was that of amending the constitution.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
Give your legislators no rest, until they have amended the law in the direction indicated.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
During the session of 1835, an amended bill embracing this provision was passed, and the question was settled for the time.
"Wilmot and Tilley" by James Hannay
Confess'd faut is half amends.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
An amendment may be amended, but here the process must cease.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
In both Houses an amendment to prohibit slavery was lost.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson

In poetry:

To leave thy blissful bosom
'Tis rich amends to be;
Thy pageant show of seasons
And days and nights to see.
"The Eternal Infant" by Manmohan Ghose
Yet now the pain is ended
And the glad hand grips the sword,
Look on thy life amended
And deal out due award.
"Earth The Healer, Earth The Keeper" by William Morris
No brawling, boxing termagant
Was Ellen, though offended;
Who ever knew a fault like this
By violence amended?
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
Come speak your bit in public
That some amends be made
To this most gallant gentleman
That is in quicklime laid.
"Roger Casement" by William Butler Yeats
Thy word with light and power
Did my mistake amend;
I viewed the sinners' life before,
But here I learned their end.
"Psalm LXXIII: Now I'm Convinced the Lord Is Kind" by Isaac Watts
'Tis on us the work depends,
On the young and rising race;
And we'll try to make amends
For our country's deep disgrace.
"Welcome Brothers! For A Cold Water Army" by John Pierpont

In news:

Matt discusses with his listeners all topics related to Firearms, ammunition, tactical accessories, Training, Concealed Carry, and attacks on the 2nd Amendment.
The original 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be on display for one week.
The US Department of Agriculture announced a new rule on Sept 7 amending the regulations regarding the transportation of slaughter-bound horses in double-decker trailers.
Encourage Congress to support the Udall amendment.
Congress may be debating a flag-burning amendment, but parents across the country are focusing on the wash-and-wear properties of stars and stripes as children's clothing manufacturers splash flag motifs on bikinis, backpacks and more.
President Bush signed into law the Animal Drug User Fee Amendments of 2008 (H.
What part of the First Amendment does not more.
Shaun White's attorney amends court agreement to settles drunkenness , vandalism charges.
Minnesota voters have rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, according to The Associated Press and unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.
This story has been amended to correctly reflect the difference between websites and domains.
North Carolina votes on a controversial constitutional ban on gay marriage today known as Amendment One.
Last week, a proposed amendment to the House's National Defense Authorization Act caused a bit of a firestorm.
Democrats taking over the Minnesota Legislature are avoiding bold promises to change the state's constitution after voters decisively rejected two Republican-backed amendments earlier this month.
The Parliament amended the Constitution to eliminate the Communist Party's monopoly on power.
Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.

In science:

Nevertheless, those necessary and sufficient conditions can be valid under minor amendment.
Tail asymptotics of the stationary distribution of a two dimensional reflecting random walk with unbounded upward jumps
In chapter 8 we indicate how the Hamiltonian has to be amended by surface integrals in the case of open initial data hypersurfaces with asymptotically flat data.
Ashtekar Variables in Classical General Realtivity
In this case the Hamiltonian must be amended by surface integrals in order to make it a continuously differentiable function on phase space.
Ashtekar Variables in Classical General Realtivity
In order to amend the Lagrangian of sixth order gravity , Berkin et al discussed that the Lagrangian term of R R is a third order Lagrangian based on the dimensionality scale, for two derivatives are dimensionally equivalent to one Riemann–Christoffel tensor or any one of its contractions.
Lovelock Tensor as Generalized Einstein Tensor
The latter issue has already been raised in [3, §5.3], but amended proofs have not appeared.
Spaces of polytopes and cobordism of quasitoric manifolds