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mend

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verb \ˈmend\

Simple Definition of mend

  • : to make (something broken or damaged) usable again : to repair (something broken or damaged)

  • : to heal or cure (a broken bone, a sad feeling, etc.)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to free from faults or defects: as a :  to improve in manners or morals :  reform b :  to set right :  correct c :  to put into good shape or working order again :  patch up :  repair d :  to improve or strengthen (as a relationship) by negotiation or conciliation —used chiefly in the phrase mend fences <spends the weekend mending political fences — E. O. Hauser> e :  to restore to health :  cure

  3. 2 :  to make amends or atonement for <least said, soonest mended>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to improve morally :  reform

  6. 2 :  to become corrected or improved

  7. 3 :  to improve in health; also :  heal

mendable play \ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective
mender noun

Examples of mend in a sentence

  1. The town needs to mend these roads.

  2. Fishermen were mending their nets.

  3. Her arm mended slowly after surgery.

  4. His broken heart never completely mended.



Origin of mend

Middle English, short for amenden — more at amend


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of mend

mend, repair, patch, rebuild mean to put into good order something that is injured, damaged, or defective. mend implies making whole or sound something broken, torn, or injured <mended the torn dress>. repair applies to the fixing of more extensive damage or dilapidation <repaired the back steps>. patch implies an often temporary fixing of a hole or break with new material <patch worn jeans>. rebuild suggests making like new without completely replacing <a rebuilt automobile engine>.

Rhymes with mend


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mend

noun

Simple Definition of mend

  • : a place where something (such as a piece of clothing) has been repaired

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mend

  1. 1 :  an act of mending :  repair

  2. 2 :  a mended place

on the mend
  1. :  getting better :  improving

Examples of mend in a sentence

  1. You can hardly see the mend in the sleeve.



14th Century

First Known Use of mend

14th century



MEND Defined for Kids

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mend

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verb \ˈmend\

Definition of mend for Students

mendedmending

  1. 1 :  improve, correct <I suggest you mend your ways.>

  2. 2 :  to put into good shape or working order again <Can you mend a torn sleeve?>

  3. 3 :  to improve in health :  heal <Your injury will soon mend.>

mender noun



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mend

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noun

Definition of mend for Students

  1. :  a place where something has been fixed so that it is usable again <You can't even see the mend in his pants.>

on the mend
  1. :  getting better <Her broken leg is on the mend.>




Medical Dictionary

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mend

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verb \ˈmend\

Medical Definition of mend

  1. :  to restore to health :  cure <time will mend the broken bone>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to improve in health; also :  heal




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mend

noun

Medical Definition of mend

  1. :  an act of mending or repair

on the mend




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