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mend

verb \ ˈmend \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of mend

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 mended
  • Current 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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of mend

Middle English, short for amenden — more at amend

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

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mend

noun

Definition of mend

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

Examples of mend in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of mend

14th century



MEND Defined for English Language Learners

mend

verb

Definition of mend for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of mend for English Language Learners

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


MEND Defined for Kids

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mend

verb \ ˈmend \

Definition of mend for Students

mended; mending
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.

mender

noun

Synonym Discussion of mend

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.

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mend

noun

Definition of mend for Students

: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.

Medical Dictionary

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mend

transitive verb \ ˈmend \

medical Definition of mend

:to restore to health :cure
  • time will mend the broken bone
intransitive verb
:to improve in health; also :heal

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mend

noun

medical Definition of mend

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


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