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 The results of those challenges can break hearts, or mend them. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Real Clear Politics reports that Democrats are hoping the acrimony forces the soon-to-be-crowned GOP nominee to throw precious time and money into mending the fractured base. Leigh Hedger, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana has nation's most expensive Senate race; Pence's Arpaio praise slammed as 'racist'," 2 May 2018 As America’s new leaders began trying to mend fences with other nations, climate action proved to be a crucial way to rebuild diplomatic trust. Bill Mckibben, Time, "Hello From the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different," 12 Sep. 2019 Antonio Brown has reportedly taken a step toward mending his relationship with the Raiders. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Report: Raiders’ Antonio Brown issues ‘emotional apology’ at team meeting," 6 Sep. 2019 For a brief moment, Thomas Gilbert Jr.’s surprise visit to his parents’ home had the markings of a wayward son seeking to mend a strained relationship with his father. New York Times, "Princeton Graduate Found Guilty of Killing Father Over Allowance," 28 June 2019 Blumenauer said those proposals — as well as stronger enforcement of fair housing laws — could help mend damage from decades of housing policies that reinforced racial segregation and discrimination. oregonlive, "Rep. Earl Blumenauer outlines plan to boost federal housing spending, reform mortgage interest deduction," 6 Sep. 2019 American officials have made repeated appeals for South Korea and Japan to mend the growing rupture between them. New York Times, "South Korea Says It Will End Intelligence-Sharing Deal With Japan, Adding to Tensions," 22 Aug. 2019 Vazquez has to find a Secretary of State and a permanent Justice Secretary, all the while mending rifts in the pro-statehood New Progressive Party. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Puerto Rico had three governors in a week. Now what?," 16 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 After facing a health scare, Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) seemed to be on the mend and, by the end of the episode, appeared to rebuild Evangelista by taking in some runaway teens. Tim Stack, EW.com, "Pose producer Janet Mock on the finale and that Whitney Houston moment," 21 Aug. 2019 Credit the defense, suspect blocking, young receivers and, yes, a QB on the mend. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers mailbag: What to make of Garoppolo’s completion rate?," 31 July 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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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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