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
Examples of mend in a Sentence
The town needs to mend these roads.
Fishermen were mending their nets.
Her arm mended slowly after surgery.
His broken heart never completely mended. Noun
You can hardly see the mend in the sleeve.
Recent Examples on the Web
In a preview for next week's episode of The Kardashians, Tristan, 32, appears to be taking steps to mend his relationships with Kourtney and Kylie Jenner after cheating on Khloé multiple times.—Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023 The approach was inspired by the Black Panthers and sought to mend the divisions engendered by gang life.—Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 As a result, Washington’s Arab allies began to rethink the region’s security architecture, strengthening outreach to China, for example, and more recently mending ties with longtime adversary Iran.—Hannah Allam, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2023 The deceleration comes at a time when the world has yet to fully mend from a devastating but short-lived COVID-19 recession in 2020 and now could see fallout from the Middle East conflict — particularly to oil prices.—Time, 10 Oct. 2023 Family will break your heart and bruise your heart and mend your heart like no one else can — not always in that order, and sometimes all three at once.—Jessica Kiang, Variety, 9 Oct. 2023 For the first time, scientists have observed solid metal mending its own cracks without human intervention, defying fundamental theories of materials science.—Lucy Tu, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2023 Washing thousands of loads of laundry, ironing, mending, sewing clothes and underwear.—Sheila McCann, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Sep. 2023 If so, this Fisher-Price Medical Playset has everything needed to equip your mini-medic with the necessary tools to mend their patients.—Samantha McIntyre, Parents, 24 Oct. 2023
Following her latest ordeal, Stella is already on the mend and has regained 11 pounds since her return.—Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 Sophia Loren is on the mend after undergoing surgery.—Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 Liam Payne is out of the hospital and on the mend, his girlfriend, Kate Cassidy shared on Tuesday (Sept. 19).—Anna Chan, Billboard, 20 Sep. 2023 Baylor 20-13, No. 12 Utah has now won two non-conference games against Power Five competition without starting quarterback Cam Rising, who is still on the mend after last year's knee injury.—Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023 Is Meredith Marks and Lisa Barlow's friendship on the mend?
During Tuesday's season 4 premiere episode of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, viewers saw Marks and Barlow make plans to work on their strained friendship.—Maggie Kreienberg, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 The 65-year-old diva is on the mend following a bacterial infection that kept her in hospital for several days and forced back her touring schedule.—Lars Brandle, Billboard, 31 Aug. 2023 Elton John, 76, is on the mend after falling at his home in the south of France over the weekend.—Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2023 Inflation was muted, unemployment elevated and economic growth on the mend.—Sarah Chaney Cambon, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2023 See More
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