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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·mend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amended; p. pr. & vb. n. Amending.]  To change or modify in any way for the better; as, (a) by simply removing what is erroneous, corrupt, superfluous, faulty, and the like; (b) by supplying deficiencies; (c) by substituting something else in the place of what is removed; to rectify.
    Mar not the thing that can not be amended.   --Shak.
    An instant emergency, granting no possibility for revision, or opening for amended thought.   --De Quincey.
    We shall cheer her sorrows, and amend her blood, by wedding her to a Norman.   --Sir W. Scott.
 To amend a bill, to make some change in the details or provisions of a bill or measure while on its passage, professedly for its improvement.
 Syn: -- To Amend, Emend, Correct, Reform, Rectify.
 Usage: These words agree in the idea of bringing things into a more perfect state. We correct (literally, make straight) when we conform things to some standard or rule; as, to correct proof sheets. We amend by removing blemishes, faults, or errors, and thus rendering a thing more a nearly perfect; as, to amend our ways, to amend a text, the draft of a bill, etc. Emend is only another form of amend, and is applied chiefly to editions of books, etc.  To reform is literally to form over again, or put into a new and better form; as, to reform one's life. To rectify is to make right; as, to rectify a mistake, to rectify abuses, inadvertencies, etc.