Definition of amend in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Make 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’
    • ‘We have today amended the text of the guidance on the Department's website.’
    • ‘Pate says that the document has been amended more than 750 times since 1901.’
    • ‘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 seek to amend that document in some minor respects.’
    • ‘Since publication, Valder has slightly amended the text of his manifesto, replacing the second last paragraph.’
    • ‘It said it has persuaded several overseas companies to amend their websites to reflect UK law.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this connection, it is suggested that the draft be amended with special articles that would reflect the following provisions.’
    • ‘Actually, Madison wanted to amend the text of the Articles of the Constitution, rather than tacking on a Bill of Rights and further amendments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is the slightly amended text of an address he gave to a Quadrant dinner in Sydney in August.’
    revise, alter, change, modify, qualify, adapt, adjust
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    1. 1.1 Modify formally, as a legal document or legislative bill.
      ‘did she amend her original will later on?’
      ‘pressuring Panama to amend its banking laws’
      • ‘The Government has the chance to facilitate substantial reform of the Australian media industry by accepting this bill as amended.’
      • ‘The bill, as amended, was passed by the Senate on March 9, and will now return to the lower house.’
      • ‘Therefore we will be amending the legislation, or putting up an amendment.’
      • ‘I am pleased to be able to commend the bill as now amended back to the House.’
      • ‘The bill was later amended and eventually passed, recognizing hockey as Canada's official winter sport and lacrosse as Canada's official summer sport.’
      • ‘The latter is said to believe that proposed legislation amending insurance law would be unworkable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Virtually the first act of the fledgling Scottish Parliament was to amend the legislation in an attempt to close this loophole.’
      • ‘But the Bill, as amended, does not satisfactorily meet their needs.’
      • ‘But the courts have no competence to nullify, repeal or amend the legislation in question.’
      • ‘The government now has a choice: it can vote for the bill as amended or it can reject it.’
      • ‘I will also be seeking to amend the legislation in order to remove the penalties, infringement notices, and prosecution procedures that apply to individuals.’
      • ‘This bill also proposes to amend several existing Acts.’
      • ‘The report also recommended that existing legislation be amended to increase penalties for drunken persons refusing to leave licensed premises.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Accordingly, I intend to bring to Parliament proposals for amending the relevant legislation.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Make 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.’
      put right, set right, set to rights, put to rights, rectify, remedy, restore, solve, sort out, straighten out, resolve, deal with, correct, repair, mend, fix, redress, make good
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Middle English: from Old French amender, based on Latin emendare (see emend).