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 fencesspends 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 mendable (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

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.

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 North and South Korea marching under a united flag at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics helped mend ties between the estranged neighbors, despite them technically remaining at war. Charlie Campbell / Shanghai, Time, "The China-NBA Spat Underscores Just How Far Sino-U.S. Relations Have Deteriorated," 9 Oct. 2019 South Africa has been making efforts to mend ties with Nigeria and others after its government faced criticism for not explicitly speaking out against xenophobia at first but instead framing the violence as crime. Mogomotsi Magome, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nigeria’s leader in South Africa after attacks on foreigners," 3 Oct. 2019 Scharf, 54, will be charged with mending ties in Washington, where Wells Fargo’s problems are hardly over: The bank still faces several investigations and outstanding consent orders, including a growth restriction imposed by the Federal Reserve. Hannah Levitt, Fortune, "Scandal-Plagued Wells Fargo Taps BNY Mellon’s Charles Scharf as New CEO," 27 Sep. 2019 Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April 2018 in an attempt to mend ties following a turbulent period in cross-border relations. Helen Regan And Omar Khan, CNN, "The aspirational generation behind India's bold China ambitions," 22 May 2019 Having Skinner present as the Eagles honor one of his former players helps build a bridge to the last stretch of sustained success for BC basketball as well as mending a fence with the program’s winningest coach. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston College men’s basketball to honor Troy Bell with retirement of his No. 2 jersey," 23 Jan. 2020 Don't expect Richard Sherman and Jim Harbaugh to mend fences anytime soon. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Richard Sherman's hate for Michigan's Jim Harbaugh lives on: 'Nothing to mend'," 19 Jan. 2020 But emptying traps and mending nets is a small part of what being an eel fisherman is about these days. The Economist, "The mysterious life and times of eels," 18 Dec. 2019 But her world shifted one day when her mother sent her to a black seamstress to get some clothes mended. John Blake, CNN, "Her father was called 'the most dangerous racist in America.' She wants a different legacy for her sons," 14 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Berlin — which thrived through most of the 20th century before the bottom fell out in the early 2000s — hardly feels like a city on the mend. Washington Post, "‘We’re hurting’: In New Hampshire’s poorest city, few signs of Trump’s ‘blue-collar boom’," 10 Feb. 2020 WPA PoolGetty Images According to a source close to the royal family, Prince William and Prince Harry's relationship is on the mend. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William and Prince Harry Are Reportedly "Talking More" After Going Through a Rough Patch," 8 Feb. 2020 The Leafs are without Morgan Rielly, and Carolina’s Dougie Hamilton is on the mend. Ross Mckeon, SFChronicle.com, "Sharks goalie Aaron Dell’s improved play could make him trade target," 7 Feb. 2020 Mandy Moore is on the mend — physically and emotionally — after a nasty bout of food poisoning abruptly ended her trip to Ecuador. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Mandy Moore Makes 'Tough Call' to Fly Home from Ecuador Trip After 'Major Bout of Food Poisoning'," 27 Dec. 2019 Jennifer remains in the hospital and is expected to remain immobile for at least another six weeks, particularly while her pelvis mends. BostonGlobe.com, "With Christmas almost here and Karson Kuhlman inching back toward the Bruins lineup, his fractured tibia back in working order, his mom remains in a United Kingdom hospital recovering from multiple surgeries related to a severe car accident outside London on Dec. 9.," 23 Dec. 2019 The Terps catch a break with Powell likely sidelined for the Pirates, and Mamukelashvili already on the mend. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Maryland at Seton Hall odds, picks and best bets," 19 Dec. 2019 Nina Dobrev is on the mend after an allergic reaction over the weekend landed her in the emergency room. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Nina Dobrev Out of the Hospital After 'Routine' Allergic Reaction: 'Swelling Is Basically Gone'," 12 Nov. 2019 Floyd, a very good boy, was safely carried down the trail by the rescue squad and is reportedly on the mend at home. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Floyd the Very Big Dog Took a Very Long Hike," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

15 Feb 2020

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“Mend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mended. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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mend

verb
How to pronounce mend (audio)

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.
\ 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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