I. plural noun — (in phrase make amends) 1. compensate or make up for a wrongdoing • try to make amends for the rude way you spoke to Lucy.
II. phrases offer of amends
[Law] 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.
– origin Middle English: from Old French amendes ‘penalties, fine’, plural of amende ‘reparation’, from amender (see amend).