If you amend something, you change it so that it is more correct or appropriate. Laws, documents, and statements are often amended.

1. …the power to amend legislation.
2. I merely asked if you wished to amend your statement.

If you emend a piece of writing, you change it so that a mistake is corrected. Emend is far less common than amend; you say that editors emend old literary texts.

Other words

Instead of using the verbs amend and emend, you can use ‘make an amendment’ and ‘make an emendment’.

3. Madison sent me a copy of the proposed amendments to the constitution.