Definition of amends in English:


plural noun

in phrase make amends
  • Compensate or make up for a wrongdoing:

    ‘try to make amends for the rude way you spoke to Lucy’
    • ‘Full credit to them though, they're making amends by offering an upgrade to people's accounts.’
    • ‘I also know that Ronaldo, now that he is fit again, is focused on making amends for the disappointments, both personal and national, in France.’
    • ‘The question of making amends for slavery also ran into the sand, again for similar reasons.’
    • ‘The panel talks to the youngster, the parents, and where possible, the victim, to agree a tailor-made contract aimed at making amends.’
    • ‘We can apologize for it and then begin making amends.’
    • ‘It was technology that brought us the car, but it is making amends with high fuel-efficiency cars, the electric Smart car, and, of course, unleaded petrol.’
    • ‘At least Paterson wasted no time in making amends.’
    • ‘I will continue to give Hailey the benefit of the doubt and assume that in the next few days, he will begin making amends.’
    • ‘Whenever we are caught up in industrial calamities, experts ought to examine the cause and make amends.’
    • ‘At least one public school system is making amends.’
    • ‘The bowler, however, agreed to continue when he was advised that instead of feeling depressed, he should just concentrate on making amends in the second Test starting here tomorrow.’
    • ‘So, Summerville is making amends for this publishing lapse, not with hefty volumes but in a compact single volume, and in a way that should please both historian and amateur enthusiast.’
    • ‘Is it possible for that family to make amends and atone for its ill-gotten gains?’
    • ‘I suppose you could say I am making amends after all these years.’
    • ‘On Sunday they did not do themselves justice tactically or in terms of conviction, but they are extremely lucky to have a chance of making amends so quickly.’
    • ‘He will work with the West Yorkshire Police youth offending team over the next three months on schemes aimed at making amends for his crime.’
    • ‘But they have owned up to ripping off their customers and they have been making amends.’
    • ‘‘When someone genuinely apologizes and makes amends, most Canadians will forgive them,’ Stowe said.’
    • ‘If she owns up to her mistreatment, seems genuinely sorry and makes amends, you should have no problem setting the friendship back on track.’
    • ‘Now aged 80 and living in Britain, he is making amends by giving today's young people a fascinating glimpse of life behind enemy lines.’
    compensation, recompense, reparation, restitution, restoration, redress, indemnity, indemnification, atonement, expiation, requital
    atone for, make up for, make good, do penance for, expiate, pay the price for
    redeem oneself, redress the balance
    compensate, recompense, indemnify, make it up to, repay, reimburse, pay back
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Middle English: from Old French amendes penalties, fine, plural of amende reparation, from amender (see amend).