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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Naess, despite its upbeat tempo, desperately trying to mend a broken relationship with a loved one. Pamela Chelin, SPIN, 10 June 2022 That off-screen connection is one of many reasons why Kevin and Randall’s brutal fight hit so hard in the season 4 finale, and why the audience felt relieved when the characters managed to mend their relationship. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 23 May 2022 Raffensperger didn’t enjoy the same advantages of the incumbency as Kemp, since the position gave him fewer opportunities to mend fences with conservatives. Melanie Masonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 Kyler needs to mend the fences with his teammates before anyone should even talk about a contract extension. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2022 After a six-week diplomatic uproar over the scuttled submarine deal and accusations of U.S. duplicity, Biden made a one-on-one effort Friday to mend fences with Macron of France by admitting that, yes, the matter could have been handled better. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 30 Oct. 2021 There’s still time to mend fences, but Lindsey comparing Stevie to Donald Trump is definitely not a step in the right direction. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 10 Sep. 2021 Several Georgia Republicans acknowledge the election law represents Kemp's last hope to mend fences with a base fiercely loyal to Trump. USA Today, 17 Apr. 2021 The city saw significant unrest in the wake of the killing of Floyd by law enforcement in Minneapolis and embarked on a police plan to mend its relationship with the community. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now that Justin’s on the mend, perhaps Hailey can pop into another one of his music videos—maybe in a slick trench coat this time? Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 15 June 2022 Less than a decade ago, ties seemed to be on the mend as the two sides -- separated by a strait that is fewer than 80 miles (128 kilometers) wide at its narrowest point -- deepened economic, cultural and even political engagements. Jessie Yeung, Nectar Gan And Steven Jiang, CNN, 24 May 2022 Former Atlanta Braves TV reporter Kelsey Wingert, now covering the Colorado Rockies, got hit in the forehead by a foul ball earlier this week but appears to be on the mend. Rodney Ho, ajc, 20 May 2022 Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was taken to the hospital Wednesday night after a car accident but is on the mend, according to his son. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 5 May 2022 Cary Elwes is on the mend after a scary incident landed him in the hospital over the weekend. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, 25 Apr. 2022 Two of the Tigers young former first-round picks suffered injuries just days apart and now both are on the mend. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2022 In January, Kay Slay’s younger brother, Kwame Grayson, told HipHopDX the DJ was on the mend after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 With all that in mind, teams with stars on the mend must weigh the delicate calculus about whether to bring them back at all — and if so, when. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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21 Jun 2022

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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.

Choose the Right Synonym for mend

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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