make amends — to try to make a situation better after you have done something wrong[/ex]

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  • Amends — A*mends , n. sing. & pl. [F. amendes, pl. of amende. Cf. {Amende}.] Compensation for a loss or injury; recompense; reparation. [Now const. with sing. verb.] An honorable amends. Addison. [1913 Webster] Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends. Shak …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amends — index collection (payment), compensation, damages, expiation, indemnification, indemnity, recompense …   Law dictionary

  • amends — ► PLURAL NOUN (in phrase make amends) ▪ compensate or make up for a wrongdoing …   English terms dictionary

  • amends — [ə mendz′] pl.n. [ME < OFr, pl. of amende, a fine: see AMEND] [sometimes with sing. v.] something given or done to make up for injury, loss, etc. that one has caused [to make amends for rudeness] …   English World dictionary

  • amends — (n.) early 14c., restitution, collective singular, from O.Fr. amendes fine, penalty, plural of amende reparation, from amender to amend (see AMEND (Cf. amend)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • amends — redress, *reparation, indemnity, restitution Analogous words: compensation, recompense (see corresponding verbs at PAY): atonement, expiation (see under EXPIATE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • amends — [n] compensation apology, atonement, expiation, indemnification, indemnity, quittance, recompense, redress, reparation, reprisal, requital, restitution, restoration, satisfaction; concepts 67,104,384 …   New thesaurus

  • Amends — Infobox Television episode Title=Amends Series=Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season=3 Episode=10 Airdate=December 15, 1998 Production=3ABB10 Writer=Joss Whedon Director=Joss Whedon Episode list=List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes Prev=The Wish… …   Wikipedia

  • amends — n. to make amends for (he wanted to make amends for the damage that he had caused) * * * [ə mendz] to make amends for (he wanted to make amends for the damage that he had caused) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • amends — /euh mendz /, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) 1. reparation or compensation for a loss, damage, or injury of any kind; recompense. 2. Obs. improvement; recovery, as of health. 3. make amends, to compensate, as for an injury, loss, or insult: I… …   Universalium

  • amends — Synonyms and related words: atonement, balancing, blood money, commutation, compensate, compensation, composition, compromise, consideration, correction, counteraction, counterbalancing, damages, expiation, expiatory offering, fixing, guerdon,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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