Definition of amend in English:



  • 1 Make minor changes in (a text) in order to make it fairer, more accurate, or more up-to-date.

    ‘the rule was amended to apply only to nonmembers’
    • ‘It said it has persuaded several overseas companies to amend their websites to reflect UK law.’
    • ‘They could amend that document or leave it as is.’
    • ‘Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has said he is willing to amend the text to make it clear that conditions and standards for workers will not be affected in any way.’
    • ‘We have today amended the text of the guidance on the Department's website.’
    • ‘But although it amends the text to include the year, it does not include the date.’
    • ‘In particular, Hawking's own work on black holes (with which Ellis was not directly involved) had progressed faster than they could amend the text.’
    • ‘Actually, Madison wanted to amend the text of the Articles of the Constitution, rather than tacking on a Bill of Rights and further amendments.’
    • ‘Since publication, Valder has slightly amended the text of his manifesto, replacing the second last paragraph.’
    • ‘This is the slightly amended text of an address he gave to a Quadrant dinner in Sydney in August.’
    • ‘We seek to amend that document in some minor respects.’
    • ‘It would not be practical for the council to seek to amend the text in the kind of detail required to make the document acceptable.’
    • ‘Pate says that the document has been amended more than 750 times since 1901.’
    • ‘In this connection, it is suggested that the draft be amended with special articles that would reflect the following provisions.’
    revise, alter, change, modify, qualify, adapt, adjust
    edit, copy-edit, rewrite, rescript, redraft, recast, rephrase, reword, rework, reform, update, revamp
    correct, remedy, fix, set right, put right, repair, emend, improve, ameliorate, better, enhance, clarify
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    1. 1.1Modify formally, as a legal document or legislative bill.
      ‘did she amend her original will later on?’
      ‘pressuring Panama to amend its banking laws’
      • ‘But the Bill, as amended, does not satisfactorily meet their needs.’
      • ‘As I mentioned earlier, the Green Party does support the bill as amended.’
      • ‘Therefore, it is possible that Spain may amend its legislation within the next two months, but if the case goes to the Court of Justice, the issue could take years to resolve.’
      • ‘To head off that possibility, reformers last weekend passed legislation that amends the election law.’
      • ‘Almost all stated that, unless significantly amended, the bills would erode rights and freedoms that are a fundamental part of our democratic way of life.’
      • ‘Accordingly, I intend to bring to Parliament proposals for amending the relevant legislation.’
      • ‘If it is simply a bad law, or an area that is not presently covered by the law, you can participate in the legislative process and get a law passed, amended, or repealed.’
      • ‘The government now has a choice: it can vote for the bill as amended or it can reject it.’
      • ‘This bill also proposes to amend several existing Acts.’
      • ‘Therefore we will be amending the legislation, or putting up an amendment.’
      • ‘The bill was later amended and eventually passed, recognizing hockey as Canada's official winter sport and lacrosse as Canada's official summer sport.’
      • ‘I am pleased to be able to commend the bill as now amended back to the House.’
      • ‘Virtually the first act of the fledgling Scottish Parliament was to amend the legislation in an attempt to close this loophole.’
      • ‘The latter is said to believe that proposed legislation amending insurance law would be unworkable.’
      • ‘But the courts have no competence to nullify, repeal or amend the legislation in question.’
      • ‘I will also be seeking to amend the legislation in order to remove the penalties, infringement notices, and prosecution procedures that apply to individuals.’
      • ‘The Government has the chance to facilitate substantial reform of the Australian media industry by accepting this bill as amended.’
      • ‘According to Minkova, as long as consumer legislation is not amended and people do not seek their rights on a mass scale, things will not change.’
      • ‘The bill, as amended, was passed by the Senate on March 9, and will now return to the lower house.’
      • ‘The report also recommended that existing legislation be amended to increase penalties for drunken persons refusing to leave licensed premises.’
    2. 1.2Make better; improve.
      ‘if you can amend or alter people's mindset’
    3. 1.3archaic Put right.
      ‘a few things had gone wrong, but these had been amended’
      • ‘He said it would be ‘wholly irresponsible’ to scrap the system and said it could be modified and amended.’
      • ‘I mean, Howard Dean has said a lot of things in this campaign that he's subsequently modified, amended or taken back.’


Middle English: from Old French amender, based on Latin emendare (see emend).