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 Despite pledging to mend relations with Europe, Biden has so far kept the Trump tariffs in place. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 President Joe Biden has vowed to mend The United States' trade relations with its European allies, after they were stretched to breaking point by former President Donald Trump. Editors, USA TODAY, 15 June 2021 President Joe Biden has vowed to mend America’s trade relations with its European allies, which were stretched to the breaking point by President Donald Trump’s mercurial behavior, combative policies and aversion to multinational alliances. Paul Wiseman, ajc, 13 June 2021 Russian officials have in recent days said that repairing ties won’t be easy but that both sides understand the need to mend relations. Sabrina Siddiqui, WSJ, 25 May 2021 Though their relationship would eventually mend, Chang found comfort in Laila — a rescue pit bull mix who enjoyed nuzzling her head in their pillow. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2021 To mend broken cultures, leaders must make fixing the dysfunction a high priority. Kathy Miller Perkins, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Trying to mend her own then color and heat-damaged hair, the numerous attempts of trial and error eventually resulted in victory, growing into a brand with countless SKUs and countless success stories. Blake Newby, Essence, 2 June 2021 And if Doncic can’t sufficiently mend, after being in obvious pain throughout his 19-point Sunday performance on 9-of-24 shooting – and 0-5 on free-throws -- then Dallas’ bounce-back chances are virtually nil. Dallas News, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thot Girl Summer, the news comes with a disclaimer that this one’s for the broken bitches on the mend. Dee Lockett, Vulture, 18 June 2021 The other woman went home, on the mend, pregnant and planning to have her baby at her local hospital in Corona. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 Although the area’s tourism is still on the mend, 15 events were booked this month alone, said Utah Office of Tourism Managing Director Vicki Varela. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 June 2021 With vaccines becoming more widely available in the U.S. and abroad, the global tourism industry (which lost an estimated $1.3 trillion in 2020, according to the World Tourism Organization) is finally on the mend. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, 2 June 2021 West Indian manatees had been on the mend for many years before their fortunes changed. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 30 May 2021 Lady Gaga’s dog walker is on the mend after taking a bullet and almost losing his life in a mugging. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 26 May 2021 And what makes the album grate a little also rings true to the feeling of being on the mend after a split. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 24 May 2021 The time would also allow the Bruins to tend to players on the mend after a bruising first-round series. BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 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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21 Jun 2021

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“Mend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mend. Accessed 25 Jun. 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.

mend

transitive verb
\ 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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