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 It was supposed to be a fence-mending occasion between Hoffa and Provenzano, who'd had a falling-out. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'The Irishman' stirs controversy over its version of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa," 15 Nov. 2019 The Grammys have a bit of fence-mending to do with Sheeran, who was passed over in each of the top three categories with his previous album. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Lizzo & More Front-Runners for Record of the Year Noms at 2020 Grammys," 8 Oct. 2019 The actor-director returns three years later with a fresh attempt to put that episode behind him, playing a Marine veteran trying to mend broken fences with his son when tragedy strikes. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Picks: Venice Film Festival's 8 Most Anticipated Premieres," 23 Aug. 2019 Volunteers collected used goods and clothing in affluent parts of town, and the ministry paid indigent individuals to mend them and sell them to the poor at nominal prices. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland’s Goodwill chapter expanding — and evolving — a century later," 18 Oct. 2019 If Donald Trump and Xi Jinping can mend their differences before the next round of U.S. tariff hikes threatened for March, investors will be delighted. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Investors Go From Overoptimistic to Sort of Pessimistic," 21 Jan. 2019 Her loss tore a giant hole in our lives that will never be mended. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Girl, 7, killed in hammock after tree falls on her, officials say," 25 Sep. 2018 For as long as he hasn’t been traded, there is always hope the relationship can be mended. Steve Warns, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ roundtable: Who won the NBA Draft, what’s next with Kawhi Leonard," 23 June 2018 For Britons, there was a sense of an old heartbreak being mended. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wed, a New Era Dawns," 19 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lady Gaga is on the mend after experiencing a pretty scary fall during her Las Vegas residency show, Enigma. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Updates Fans After Falling During Enigma Residency," 19 Oct. 2019 While Alonso takes his victory lap, McNeil will be on the mend. Kevin Armstrong, New York Times, "The Mets Had Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom. So Why Did They Fall Short?," 29 Sep. 2019 The cat, who staffers have named Pickles, is on the mend and will be up for adoption soon. USA TODAY, "Saving whales, Manson murder house: News from around our 50 states," 17 July 2019 The bird has been on the mend in Utah, which by a count in 2016 had spent more than $50 million on sage grouse management and research in a decade. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Sage Grouse Sanity, At Last," 13 Dec. 2018 Lorenzo Reyes looks at how each team will adjust with their signal callers on the mend. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Roethlisberger, Brees injuries shake up NFL playoff races, force hard look at the future," 16 Sep. 2019 The council will vote on whether to move forward with two other processes that could help the city mend relations between the department and the community. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "Phoenix council will consider police reforms Tuesday following viral arrest," 1 July 2019 While the guitarist is on the mend, the void is being filled by his son and Devon Allman, as well as fellow Allmans progeny Berry Oakley Jr., in the Allman Betts Band. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Dickey Betts Shares Scorching Live 'Hot 'Lanta,' Talks Recovery After Surgery: Exclusive," 25 July 2019 Astros reliever Ryan Pressly will pitch Friday from the mound for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, moving him closer to a potential return as one of three pitchers on the mend as the regular season winds down. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Ryan Pressly moves closer to Astros return," 5 Sep. 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

6 Dec 2019

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“Mend.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mending. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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