Definition of amends in US 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’
    • ‘There is need for amends to ensure that the civil society concentrates on its set objectives.’
    • ‘Ted distributes amends notes to everyone but Emmett.’
    • ‘The question of amends, not accepted by one half of the family but ultimately accepted by the other half of the family, was only third in line of what the judge said was important in the reduction of the sentence.’
    • ‘The panel talks to the youngster, the parents, and where possible, the victim, to agree a tailor-made contract aimed at making amends.’
    • ‘Is it possible for that family to make amends and atone for its ill-gotten gains?’
    • ‘However, after nearly a week of their nonsense, Madelyn concluded that she'd had enough and the two were coerced into amends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you could only tell me what I've done, I will do my best to offer amends.’
    • ‘I suppose you could say I am making amends after all these years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also point out that the actual amount paid in amends - not reparations ordered - was in excess of those legal costs.’
    • ‘Our amends may include a sincere apology, removing the shards, getting the carpet cleaned and buying a new bottle of milk.’
    • ‘At least one public school system is making amends.’
    • ‘Full credit to them though, they're making amends by offering an upgrade to people's accounts.’
    • ‘Gahan is unlikely to forget his last outing, and will be looking for amends this time around.’
    • ‘That is a polite way of saying that the reparation and amends provisions have become a means for buying justice.’
    • ‘But the train company was forced to pay several hundreds of pounds in taxi fares to Hull and Bridlington after passengers demanded amends during what they said was 40 minutes of heated argument.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If she owns up to her mistreatment, seems genuinely sorry and makes amends, you should have no problem setting the friendship back on track.’
    • ‘As before, that person must be willing to offer amends, which, in addition to correction and apology, now involves a payment of compensation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘When someone genuinely apologizes and makes amends, most Canadians will forgive them,’ Stowe said.’
    • ‘The question of making amends for slavery also ran into the sand, again for similar reasons.’
    • ‘We can apologize for it and then begin making amends.’
    • ‘But they have owned up to ripping off their customers and they have been making amends.’
    • ‘Whenever we are caught up in industrial calamities, experts ought to examine the cause and make amends.’
    compensation, recompense, reparation, restitution, restoration, redress, indemnity, indemnification, atonement, expiation, requital
    compensate, recompense, indemnify, make it up to, repay, reimburse, pay back
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  • an offer of amends

    • An offer to publish a correction and an apology for an act of libel.

      • ‘It would only accord with most people's sense of justice if the offer of amends is construed as relating to the complaint as notified.’
      • ‘Under section 4 of the Defamation Act 1952 the defendant can establish a valid defence if he proves that he published the words innocently and has made an offer of amends.’
      • ‘Parliament intended that a defendant whose offer of amends is turned down should have a statutory defence for that very reason - save in exceptional circumstances.’
      • ‘Section 10 states that the court must take into account an offer of amends, but only to the extent that it is genuine, that it is capable of fulfilment, and that it is accepted by the victim as expiating or mitigating the wrong.’
      • ‘In the circumstances I have summarised above, I believe that the right discount for the belated offer of amends and apology is 35%.’


Middle English: from Old French amendes ‘penalties, fine’, plural of amende ‘reparation’, from amender (see amend).