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v. a·mend·ed, a·mend·ing, a·mends
1. To change for the better; improve: "The confinement appeared to have had very little effect in amending his conduct" (Horatio Alger).
2. To alter the wording of (a legal document, for example) so as to make more suitable or acceptable. See Synonyms at correct.
3. To enrich (soil), especially by mixing in organic matter or sand.
To better one's conduct; reform.

[Middle English amenden, from Old French amender, from Latin ēmendāre : ē-, ex-, ex- + mendum, fault.]

a·mend′a·ble adj.
a·mend′er n.
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La semaine derniere, le gouvernement a promulgue le projet de loi sur le mariage qui est actuellement au Parlement et qui vise a amender et a consolider les lois nationales sur le mariage.
[beaucoup moins que]Il est fort possible que le Parlement soit amene a amender partiellement la Constitution et la presence de ces deputes est importante pour pouvoir notamment reduire les prerogatives exorbitantes du president de la Republique[beaucoup plus grand que], a-t-il soutenu.
(61) "And God Knows The Corrupter From The Amender," Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen, December 20, 2018.
Amender: Describes a person who does not identify as having a particular gender.
(64) Cette date fut repoussee par la suite jusqu'en 1879 (voir notamment Acte a l'effet de proroger l'acte passe dans la trente-troisieme annee du regne de Sa Majeste, intitule : << Acte pour amender l'Acte des Penitenciers de 1868 >>, LC 1873, c 52, art 1 [Acte a l'effet de proroger] ; Acte concernant les Penitenciers et leur inspection, et pour d'autres fins, LC 1875, c 44, art 68 [Acte concernant les Penitenciers] ; Acte pour amender la section soixante-dix-huit de << l'Acte des Penitenciers de 1875 >>, LC 1878, c 20, art 1 [Acte pour amender]).
If plan design or administrative changes were made, such as adding an automatic feature, or if any plan language has changed, such as the definition of payroll, plan sponsors need to make sure these changes are reflected in all appropriate documentation before year-end to avoid incurring a late amender issue.
(7) <<Le panoptique est polyvalent dans ses applications ; il sert a amender les prisonniers, mais aussi a soigner les malades, a instruire les ecoliers, a garder les fous, a surveiller les ouvriers, a faire travailler les mendiants et les oisifs >> (Michel Foucault, Surveiller et punir, Paris: Gallimard, 1975, p.
And Allah knows the corrupter from the amender. And if Allah had willed, He could have put you in difficulty.