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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb amend:


The word amend and its family (amended, amending, amendment, amendments, amends) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Definition of the verb amend

What does amend mean as a doing word?

Amend is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: amended | amending | amends

  1. make amendments to
    • example: amend the document
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: revise = make revisions in
  2. to make better
  3. set straight or right

Alternative definition of the verb amend


  1. [transitive] To make better.
  2. [intransitive] To become better.
  3. [obsolete, transitive] To heal (someone sick); to cure (a disease etc.).
  4. [transitive] To make a formal alteration in legislation by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.


Amend: The motion to amend, in parliamentary procedure, is used to modify another motion.

  • also known as 修正動議

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Amend

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Google previewRobert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (2011)

by Henry Martyn Robert, Sarah Corbin Robert, Daniel H. Honemann

AMEND The subsidiary motion to Amend is a motion to modify the wording—and within certain limits the meaning—of a pending motion before the pending motion itself is acted upon. Less frequently, it may become desirable to apply a similar ...

Google previewFowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Fellow of the British Academy and Senior Research Fellow Jeremy Butterfield, Jeremy Butterfield

Amend is the more common word, used of making adjustments to a document or formal proposal (such as a parliamentary act). Its etymological meaning is 'free from fault' (from Latin mendum or menda 'fault, blemish'), and there is always a ...

Google previewCongressional Record, V. 145, Pt. 9, June 9, 1999 to June 17, 1999

The right to amend is a fundamental part of the legislative process and is particularly important given the nature of the bills before us yesterday and today. Both of these bills have flaws that, if addressed, could quickly lead to final passage of ...

Google previewThe law lexicon; or dictionary of jurisprudence, etc (1867)


Such an amendment should be specified in the order, since the common form of the order giving liberty to amend as the plaintiff may be advised, does not authorise a plaintiff to strike out the name of a party to the record. Before the defendant ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1900)

by David Shephard Garland, Lucius Polk McGehee, James Cockcroft, Charles Porterfield

Reserved Power to Amend or Repeal Corporate Charters. — Under the Rule Announced in the Dartmouth College Case, and since followed, the charter or act of incorporation, when accepted, is protected by a contract from amendment or ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (2008)

by Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson

org AMEND AMEND, or Abusive Men Exploring New Directions, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Maryland (1999)

by Nancy Capace

to amend or repeal an existing charter or local laws relating to the incorporation, organization, government, or affairs of said municipal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Oregon (1999)

by Nancy Capace

When two or more amendments shall be submitted in the manner aforesaid to the voters of this state at the same election, they shall be so submitted that each amendment shall be voted on separately. No convention shall be called to amend ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (2003)

Instalment 37 by K. Zweigert

A Law to Consolidate and Amend the Law Relating to Trade Unions . . . No. 12 of 1966: 6 ILO Leg.Ser., Swa ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Colorado (1999)

by Nancy Capace

Notwithstanding any provision in sections 4, 5, and 6 of this article to the contrary, the registered electors of each city and county, city, and town of the state are hereby vested with the power to adopt, amend, and repeal a home rule charter.

Google previewA Law Dictionary (1891)

Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America, and of the Several States of the American Union : with References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law by John Bouvier

Amend. or-;n0 . Every male citizen, twenty-one years re of age, who has resided within the commonwealth ...

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Quotes about Amend

You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now. (Harry S. Truman)
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Scrabble value of A1M3E1N1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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