Definition of amends in English:


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plural noun

‘I also point out that the actual amount paid in amends - not reparations ordered - was in excess of those legal costs.’
  • ‘That is a polite way of saying that the reparation and amends provisions have become a means for buying justice.’
  • ‘Ted distributes amends notes to everyone but Emmett.’
  • ‘Gahan is unlikely to forget his last outing, and will be looking for amends this time around.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘Our amends may include a sincere apology, removing the shards, getting the carpet cleaned and buying a new bottle of milk.’
  • ‘If you could only tell me what I've done, I will do my best to offer amends.’
  • ‘As before, that person must be willing to offer amends, which, in addition to correction and apology, now involves a payment of compensation.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘However, after nearly a week of their nonsense, Madelyn concluded that she'd had enough and the two were coerced into amends.’
  • ‘There is need for amends to ensure that the civil society concentrates on its set objectives.’



/əˈmen(d)z/ /əˈmɛn(d)z/


    make amends
    • Compensate or make up for a wrongdoing.

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


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