What is the verb for amenable?


amenable has a suffix -able. Does it mean that the verb for amenable is amend? Thanks.


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Not all words ending in -able have corresponding English verbs. Some of them come from Latin. – sumelic – 2017-01-05T18:46:32.783

I think I'm going to have to vote to close this question, because it's something that can be answered simply by referring to the definition. – stangdon – 2017-01-05T18:50:58.490

Am I missing something here? Where does OP get that /d/ from? Just as the base verb for *dependable* is *defend*, if there were a base verb for *amenable* it would be *amen. Which has been used as a verb ([The congregation “amened” him at every opportunity during his sermon*](https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&q=%22congregation+amened%22), for example), so arguably a preacher who wants to deliver memorable "soundbytes" might be interested in making sure his sermon contains lots of "amenable" elements.

– FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica – 2017-01-05T19:08:51.103



No, "to amend" means to "add to" or "attach to the end of", like a document or a statement. Amenable itself has no verb form -- it's a simple adjective like "hot" or "blue".

There are verbs that mean "to make or become amenable":

Transitive (make someone amenable to)

appease, satisfy, befriend, etc.

Intransitive (become amenable to)

acquiesce, agree, concede, accede, consent, etc.


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