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 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 So Porzingis returned to his native Latvia to mend and also decompress from two months in the bubble. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, "Back by Christmas? Kristaps Porzingis believes he can be ready, but should Mavericks fans?," 3 Dec. 2020 The organization isn't a group of outsiders pushing for Silicon Valley to mend its ways. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "All Raise lands $11 million to fuel its fight for equality in tech," 1 Dec. 2020 Philip approaches his mother to thank her, and the two begin to mend their relationship. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Fact-Checking Prince Philip's Portrayal on 'The Crown'," 18 Nov. 2020 Oh will star as a lonely recluse whose life is upended when her train wreck sister vows to mend their relationship by helping her fulfill a lifelong dream — to appear as a contestant on her favorite game show. NBC News, "Awkwafina, Sandra Oh to play sisters in new Netflix comedy," 29 Oct. 2020 An homage to the tuna fishing fleets that used to mend nets near here? Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "San Diego’s Waterfront: a driving tour," 22 Dec. 2020 Over two separate conversations, Warren and I talked less about the past nine months and more about where the conference can mend fences. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren seeks unity in 2021, and his voice will be crucial: College football Monday Madness," 21 Dec. 2020 That’s because, as Erdogan seeks to mend ties with incoming U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration, the Kremlin is confident Turkey will remain a thorn in the side of its fellow NATO members, fueling divisions that Moscow relishes. Henry Meyer, Bloomberg.com, "Can Erdogan Reconcile With the West? Putin’s Betting Against It," 12 Dec. 2020 Use it to mend the busted seam of a dress shirt, reattach a backpack strap, or attach a patch over a hole in your jeans. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Sewing," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When Julie’s boyfriend came home with a brand new iPhone for her at the end of the summer in 2019, Julie saw it as a peace offering—a sign that their relationship was on the mend. Mélissa Godin, Time, "How Domestic Abusers Have Exploited Technology During the Pandemic," 31 Dec. 2020 Hentges cleared entry protocols for COVID testing and provides depth while Kyle Rudolph (foot) and Brandon Dillon (IR/ankle) are on the mend. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Dan Bailey makes it through Monday, remains Vikings kicker for now," 14 Dec. 2020 While on the mend, Prue continued to push through and judge all versions of The Great British Baking Show, including the kids' version Junior Bake Off in 2019. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prue Leith Reveals Why She's Using Crutches on 'The Great British Baking Show' Holiday Episodes," 11 Dec. 2020 Most important, New Orleans is now 3-0 with Hill as the starter while Drew Brees (ribs) is on the mend. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 13 winners, losers: Behind Joe Judge, New York Giants pull off upset of the season," 8 Dec. 2020 Major Wooten was physically drained and a little fuzzy mentally after battling the new coronavirus but appears to be on the mend, said granddaughter Holley Wooten McDonald. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, "World War II vet beats COVID-19, marks 104th birthday," 3 Dec. 2020 Washington, a four-year contributor with the Oakland Raiders, was praised by Dolphins running back coach Eric Studesville for his preparation, work ethic and toughness, which could lead to further opportunities with Gaskin and Ahmed on the mend. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins’ struggling run game may finally get much-needed help," 2 Dec. 2020 The Falcons and Eagles are next with Drew Brees on the mend. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "NFL power rankings for Week 13: Tennessee Titans surge to No. 4 after powering past the Indianapolis Colts, while the Cleveland Browns crack the top 10," 2 Dec. 2020 President-elect Joe Biden is on the mend after suffering hairline fractures in his foot while playing with his dog. Korin Miller, Health.com, "Joe Biden Suffered Hairline Fractures in His Foot While Playing With His Dog—Here’s What That Means," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for mend

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

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Last Updated

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mend. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for mend

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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