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

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 This is a good time to mend fences and ask for advice. oregonlive, "Horoscope for May 16, 2020: Gemini, be forgiving and kind; Cancer, weigh money choices carefully," 16 May 2020 The two men were complementary, to be sure, with Mr. Gersten willing to take on the tasks that Mr. Papp hated — accounting, advertising, dealing with agents — and mending the fences that the quick-to-anger Mr. Papp was prone to tear down. Mervyn Rothstein, New York Times, "Bernard Gersten, Offstage Star of Nonprofit Theater, Dies at 97," 27 Apr. 2020 In the months that followed their explosive confrontation on the show, Carlton and Jack were able to mend fences, thanks to their Love Is Blind group chat. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "What Carlton Morton’s Love Is Blind Reunion Proposal To Diamond Jack Really Meant," 5 Mar. 2020 According to the Gazette, Coco will need surgery to mend her elbow injury, and WNYT reports that Hernas Veterinary Clinic is accepting donations from anyone who wants to pitch in to help cover the cost. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Dog Survives After Being Hit by a Car and Getting Wedged in the Bumper for Miles," 30 Oct. 2019 Some days, the girls can’t go outside to play because the weather is too severe or their boots need mending. Michaeleen Doucleff, New York Times, "Turn Your Demanding Child Into a Productive Co-Worker," 30 Apr. 2020 Kim Byung-rok survived tuberculosis as a young man but in his work polishing and mending shoes the debris proved to be too much for his lungs. Hyung-jin Kim, The Christian Science Monitor, "Virus 'angel': S. Korean cobbler donates land to help others," 1 Apr. 2020 Russia, which backed Syrian troops with airstrikes throughout the Syrian government offensive, appeared to be holding back as talks with Turkey, aimed at mending a rift in relations precipitated by the fighting, continue. Liz Sly, Washington Post, "Turkey shoots down two Syrian warplanes in growing conflict," 1 Mar. 2020 Their priorities included mending the nonprofit’s rift with architect Frank Gehry and River LA, a group founded to pursue economic opportunities along the river. Los Angeles Times, "Lewis MacAdams, famed crusader for the Los Angeles River, dies at 75," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Before the world began falling apart, things were on the mend a little. Akanksha Singh, Glamour, "As A Germaphobe, I Thought I’d Be Prepared For a Global Pandemic," 27 Apr. 2020 For Trump, the risk is that, come voting day in November, America will be mired in a recession even as China, where the virus originated, is visibly on the mend. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Why China will recover faster from the coronavirus pandemic than the U.S.," 19 Apr. 2020 Recovering from a stroke, Gram is another woman on the mend — and she is also convinced that someone is trying to sabotage her cricket farm. Laura Tucker, New York Times, "A 12-Year-Old Gymnast Heals After a Coach’s Sexual Abuse," 27 Mar. 2020 Louisville football spring injury update Satterfield named three players — defensive backs Jack Fagot (collarbone) and Russ Yeast (knee), plus linebacker Nick Okeke (shoulder) — who missed spring practices, but said that each is on the mend. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Scott Satterfield optimistic college football season will be played despite coronavirus," 24 Mar. 2020 After a miserable Monday, today's markets are...on the mend. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Markets roar back after Monday’s historic sell-off," 10 Mar. 2020 During the NKC Economics colloquium, held in Cape Town in 2019, experts gave their suggested solutions for government to put the country on the mend. Norma Young, Quartz Africa, "A misguided attempt by FW de Klerk to reframe apartheid’s impact damages his legacy," 25 Feb. 2020 With Riddick still on the mend with a shoulder issue, the Broncos have elected to roll with Lindsay or Freeman — or both — on third down. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Royce Freeman on being Broncos’ “complete” running back: “I can’t settle for anything less.”," 20 Sep. 2019 Tatum is also on the mend with a shin contusion but is expected to be ready in time for Sunday’s opener. Kyle Hightower, The Seattle Times, "Pacers, Celtics enter playoff matchup looking for redemption," 13 Apr. 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

23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mend. Accessed 1 Jun. 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.

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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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