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1 : to put (a writing) into a corrected form that more accurately reflects the agreement of the parties [allows a writing signed by mistake to be ed "W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al."] compare ratify
2 : to induce or cause to abandon wrongful or harmful ways [a ed drug dealer]
: to become changed for the better
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.