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 mendable (audio) \ adjective
mender noun

Choose the Right Synonym for mend

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

Meanwhile, Syria is mending ties with other countries in the region. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "EU Sanctions Leading Syrian Businessman," 21 Jan. 2019 The Ars front page will return to normal in a few days; if this silliness doth offend, think of that, and all shall mend. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Ars Christmas downtime special: four movies retold as medieval tales," 26 Dec. 2018 Tough talk by unpopular President Emmanuel Macron, who has been roundly blamed for the chaos, isn’t likely to mend the growing sense of social injustice. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Violent protests in France reveal a hard-to-heal fracture," 4 Dec. 2018 She and her husband Michael, played by Corey Stoll, were supposed to take the trip together, in the hopes of not only discovering Michael's royal Russian heritage, but also mending their struggling relationship. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Was There Really a Member of the Romanov Family That Looked Exactly Like Corey Stoll?," 13 Oct. 2018 But on Wednesday, MU announced that its fundraising has broken records — topping $1 billion and indicating the university may be well into a sound mending. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "MU’s record fundraising crosses $1 billion, a sign of recovery from 2015 protests," 11 July 2018 Beyond Ethiopia’s borders, Ahmed has been trying to mend relations with neighboring countries in the hopes of facilitating trade and economic integration. Yohannes Y. Gedamu, Washington Post, "Did someone try to assassinate Ethiopia’s new prime minister? Here’s what you need to know.," 26 June 2018 So how did Kate and the Queen mend the rift in their relationship? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Was Reportedly Very Hurt by Queen Elizabeth's Early Criticisms of Her Lifestyle," 9 Feb. 2019 To that end, the Reddit post details some high-level fixes coming to Fallout 76 starting on December 4th, including mending the creepy bug that got players stuck in Power Armor. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "In wake of Fallout 76 anger, Bethesda promises better ‘communication’," 27 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His dad had battled a variety of serious illnesses for several years but seemed to be on the mend. April Bridgeman, Woman's Day, "My Husband and I Bonded Over Death," 13 Apr. 2016 After fracturing her shoulder, Wendy is on the mend and wants to return pain-free and be 200%, delivering the best show that millions of viewers tune-in to watch. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here's When 'The Wendy Williams Show' Will Return in 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 The need remains, especially with QB Deshaun Watson on the mend from knee surgery, but Houston might have to get creative given the team's first pick is in Round 3 (68th overall). 2. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2018 offensive line rankings: Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson, Mike McGlinchey head class," 20 Apr. 2018 While the timing of the handover seems somewhat counter-intuitive -- VW is financially on the mend and has defended its status as the industry No. Chris Reiter, Bloomberg.com, "VW’s Diess Goes From Lame Duck to Top Dog in Two Years," 11 Apr. 2018 Miller has started the last three games with Gibson on the mend and started four games this month because of a different injury. Mike Coppinger, latimes.com, "Ducks' John Gibson is expected to return Friday," 26 Feb. 2018 With rockfish populations on the mend, its harvest quotas have been rising. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Conservationists, West Coast bottom fishermen embrace ‘grand bargain’," 16 Apr. 2018 Two German Shepherd mix puppies with massive neck injuries are on the mend at the Sacramento SPCA after they were left outside the shelter in late February. Emily Zentner, sacbee, "Despite traumatic start, German Shepherd puppies are on the mend at Sacramento SPCA | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Mar. 2018 Linda Hunt is on the mend after a car crash on Monday left her hospitalized. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "NCIS: Los Angeles' Linda Hunt Recovering After 'Minor Traffic Accident'," 4 July 2018

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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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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.
\ 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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