verb \ˈmend\

: 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.)

Full Definition of MEND

transitive verb
:  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
:  to make amends or atonement for <least said, soonest mended>
intransitive verb
:  to improve morally :  reform
:  to become corrected or improved
:  to improve in health; also :  heal
mend·able \ˈmen-də-bəl\ adjective
mend·er noun

Examples of MEND

  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>.



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

Full Definition of MEND

:  an act of mending :  repair
:  a mended place
on the mend
:  getting better :  improving

Examples of MEND

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

First Known Use of MEND

14th century


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