mend

verb
\ ˈmend How to pronounce mend (audio) \
mended; mending; mends

Definition of mend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to free from faults or defects: such as
a : to improve in manners or morals : reform was advised to mend his ways
b : to set right : correct mend a corrupt text
c : to put into good shape or working order again : patch up : repair the roads were never mended— Ellen Glasgow
d : to improve or strengthen (something, such 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 before the bone was fully mendedCurrent Biography
2 : to make amends or atonement for least said, soonest mended

intransitive verb

1 : to improve morally : reform It's never too late to mend.
2 : to become corrected or improved depression and lack of spirit mended visibly— Arnold Nicholson
3 : to improve in health also : heal his injury mended rather quickly

mend

noun

Definition of mend (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from mend

Verb

mendable \ ˈmen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce mend (audio) \ adjective
mender noun

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Verb

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

Examples of mend in a Sentence

Verb 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Tuesday, Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with their counterparts in Japan before traveling on to South Korea, hoping to mend another Trump-era relationship frayed by American basing quarrels. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "In visit, Austin hails Japan as 'cornerstone' of US China strategy," 17 Mar. 2021 Nikolas recounts her attempts to mend the relationship – including joint therapy sessions – before finally deciding on divorce, with proceedings lasting over three years. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, "Rhye Accused of Sexual Abuse, Assault, Grooming by Ex-Wife," 16 Mar. 2021 But before that happens, the USDA must mend broken fences in the Black community, the farmers said. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Coronavirus relief funding includes $5 billion for farmers of color," 12 Mar. 2021 In Netflix's upcoming comedy-action film Thunder Force, the real life BFFs play former best friends who mend their friendship after one of them develops a treatment that gives them powers. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer: Playing Superheroes in Thunder Force Felt Like a 'Fever Dream'," 2 Mar. 2021 That would give the company time to mend its balance sheet, with the option to buy them out later. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Budweiser Brewer Faces an Ill-Timed Hangover," 25 Feb. 2021 And what better way to mend our wounds than by creating an exciting new program for our top youths? Trey Ellis, The New Yorker, "Be Very Prepared!," 9 Nov. 2020 In recent years, the European Space Agency has tried to mend ties between the scientific bodies in the US and China, asking that China be allowed to send astronauts to the ISS and conduct science there. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Russia and China are going to build a Moon base together, and NASA isn’t invited," 9 Mar. 2021 Alisson Becker, widely regarded as the one of the world’s best goalkeepers and the one reassuring presence in Liverpool’s make-do-and-mend back-line, made three glaring errors in the defeats to Manchester City and Leicester. New York Times, "A Collision at Anfield Does Little to Slow Liverpool’s Fall," 20 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That greatly exceeded industry expectations for the film's opening, which were projected to be closer to $20 million for five days — a hopeful signal to the beleaguered theater industry that moviegoing may be on the mend. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'Godzilla vs. Kong' is the biggest hit of the pandemic," 4 Apr. 2021 Brooke Shields is on the mend after breaking her femur in an accident back in late January. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Brooke Shields Shares Recovery Photos After Her ‘Excruciating’ Gym Accident," 31 Mar. 2021 Things are reportedly on the mend between William and Harry, royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "The Cambridges Are Planning to Visit the Sussexes in Santa Barbara," 11 Jan. 2021 The make-do-and-mend mentality speaks not just to sustainability, but also to ingenuity and self-expression. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Thrilled to Pieces: A Survey of Patchwork on the Runways," 28 Nov. 2020 Oregon women’s basketball will be without point guard Te-Hina Paopao for the remainder of the NCAA Tournament and fellow guards Jaz Shelley and Taylor Chavez remain on the mend from unspecified injuries. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon women’s basketball’s Te-Hina Paopao will miss remainder of NCAA Tournament, Jaz Shelley ‘day-to-day’," 26 Mar. 2021 On the mend: Janet Yellen and Jerome Powell, the two most powerful economic authorities in America, told lawmakers that although the US economy is bouncing back, there's more work to be done. Allison Morrow, CNN, "Work-life balance on Wall Street looks like free Pelotons and Zoom-free Fridays," 23 Mar. 2021 McKay is on the mend from a lacerated spleen and broken rib after slipping in the dugout at Scottsdale Stadium last week. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Diamondbacks' Joakim Soria working his way through spring training toward bullpen role," 19 Mar. 2021 These characters are on the mend, changing their lives, and finding love, success, and a sense of community. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "The Curious Case of Lana Del Rey," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of mend

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mend

Verb

Middle English, short for amenden — more at amend

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The first known use of mend was in the 13th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Mend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mend. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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mend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.)

mend

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mend (Entry 2 of 2)

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

mend

verb
\ ˈmend How to pronounce mend (audio) \
mended; mending

Kids Definition of mend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : improve, correct I suggest you mend your ways.
2 : to put into good shape or working order again Can you mend a torn sleeve?
3 : to improve in health : heal Your injury will soon mend.

Other Words from mend

mender noun

mend

noun

Kids Definition of mend (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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
: getting better Her broken leg is on the mend.

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Verb

mend, patch, repair mean to take something that has been damaged and make it usable again. mend is used for making something that has been broken or damaged once again whole or fit for use. Fishermen were mending their nets. patch is used for mending a hole or tear by using the same or similar material. Patch the hole with concrete. patch may also be used for a hurried, careless job. Just patch the roof for now. repair is used for a skillful mending of a complicated thing. The mechanic repaired our car.

\ ˈmend How to pronounce mend (audio) \

Medical Definition of mend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to restore to health : cure time will mend the broken bone

intransitive verb

: to improve in health also : heal

mend

noun

Medical Definition of mend (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of mending or repair
on the mend
: getting better or improving especially in health

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