Pronunciation: (u-mendz'), [key]
—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 tried to make amends for the misunderstanding by sending her flowers.
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