Meaning of amends in English:


Pronunciation /əˈmɛn(d)z/

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plural noun

‘Is it possible for that family to make amends and atone for its ill-gotten gains?’
  • ‘I suppose you could say I am making amends after all these years.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘At least one public school system is making amends.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘We can apologize for it and then begin making amends.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘The panel talks to the youngster, the parents, and where possible, the victim, to agree a tailor-made contract aimed at making amends.’
  • ‘At least Paterson wasted no time in making amends.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘I will continue to give Hailey the benefit of the doubt and assume that in the next few days, he will begin making 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.’
  • ‘Full credit to them though, they're making amends by offering an upgrade to people's accounts.’
  • ‘But they have owned up to ripping off their customers and they have been making amends.’
  • ‘The question of making amends for slavery also ran into the sand, again for similar reasons.’
  • ‘‘When someone genuinely apologizes and makes amends, most Canadians will forgive them,’ Stowe said.’
  • ‘If she owns up to her mistreatment, seems genuinely sorry and makes amends, you should have no problem setting the friendship back on track.’
  • ‘Whenever we are caught up in industrial calamities, experts ought to examine the cause and make amends.’


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

      ‘the plaintiff cannot succeed if the defendant proves that an offer of amends was made in good time’
      • ‘In the circumstances I have summarised above, I believe that the right discount for the belated offer of amends and apology is 35%.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    make amends
    • Compensate or make up for a wrongdoing.

      • ‘try to make amends for the rude way you spoke to Lucy’


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