Definition of emend in English:

emend

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make corrections and improvements to (a text).

    • ‘In 1944 Harold playfully anticipated the problem when, having emended some of Jim's manuscript verse, he added as a consolation: ‘only Ern Malley could write like a genius all the time’.’
    • ‘Many modern editions, including the Oxford, take the view that the novel in part derives from the play, and use it to emend the defective quarto text.’
    • ‘Diels emended the sentence to say that Alcmaeon was ‘young’ in the old age of Pythagoras and a similar remark can be found in Iamblichus.’
    • ‘But the work shall not be wholly lost: for it will, as he believed, appear once more, in a new and more perfect edition, corrected and emended by another author.’
    • ‘The first were the scabini, officials with specific juridical competence, the second were the iudices, responsible for reproducing and emending juridical texts, and finally the custodians of the lay archives.’
    correct, rectify, repair, fix
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    1. 1.1 Alter (something) in such a way as to correct it.
      ‘the year of his death might need to be emended to 652’
      with clause ‘he hesitated and quickly emended what he had said’
      • ‘Within individual poems the meditative voice can operate dialectically, considering a position and then emending it, but the position of poems in sequence also constitutes a dialectic, an on-going conversation.’
      • ‘In 1969, Rolfe correctly emended the spellings of the archaeostracan families by inserting id before the familial suffix.’
      • ‘One of these is ‘Brettia’, generally taken to be Britain, but as the other places in the list are towns in Italy, it seems much more likely that the name is a textual error which should be emended to Bruttium, a town in southern Italy.’
      • ‘It did not seem necessary to emend the satires (‘I Want a Writing Director,’ 1992; ‘Initiation Rites, Initiation Rights,’ 1991) as long as the conditions they addressed hadn't changed-and alas, they hadn't.’
      • ‘The diagnosis is emended here to accommodate the additional apical rays noted in this study.’
      • ‘The genus is emended to account for the nature of the central body wall, as well as new evidence of tabulation including details of the archeopyle.’
      • ‘The elements provisionally brought to ‘Leukorhinion’ sp. in this report may also be referable to Leukorhinion if it were emended to include species with anteroposteriorly compressed elements.’
      • ‘The guest curator, John Ayers, has written an essay for the catalogue that emends flaws in dating and attribution erroneously accepted as the last word for decades.’
      • ‘As shown by Fryda and Blodgett, the shell characters of Alaskacirrus fit well with the diagnosis of the family Cirridae Cossmann, 1916, as emended by Bandel.’
      • ‘Leslie emended the diagnosis of Belodina compressa, and provided detailed descriptions and discussion.’
      • ‘Ten species are reviewed and described in detail, and the diagnoses of three of these species, Allotropiophyllum heteroseptatum, Lophocarinophyllum taihuense, and Ipciphyllum regulare, are newly emended.’
      • ‘Among all the functions related to the septal marginal fluting, the one suggested by Spath is emended and elaborated herein as the most reasonable one.’
      • ‘The diagnosis is emended to include the internal nature of the processes, and the relationship of the processes to the vesicle interior.’
      • ‘Recognition of a separate gastroplitinid genus, Pseudogastroplites, is here maintained, but its diagnosis is emended.’
      • ‘It is clear, however, that Mamet and Pinard's diagnosis of the protonodosariid wall as a microgranular tectum must be emended.’
      • ‘This arrangement was followed by Whittington in the Treatise, but was emended in 1963.’
      • ‘It is our opinion that the taxa retained within the superfamily Glypheoidea may be incorporated into the infraorder Astacidea by emending the definition of the infraorder to include sub - to pseudochelate forms.’
      • ‘They emended the description of Behuninia as a conifer short shoot (instead of a seed) and added three new species, B. provoensis, B. bassii, and B. scottii.’
      • ‘A new genus, Ristedtoceras, is erected and the genus Pseudorthoceras Girty, 1911 is emended.’
      revise, alter, change, modify, qualify, adapt, adjust
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin emendare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + menda ‘a fault’. Compare with amend.

Pronunciation

emend

/əˈmɛnd//əˈmend/