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wended; wending; wends

intransitive verb

: to direct one's course : travel

transitive verb

: to proceed on (one's way) : direct


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: a member of a Slavic people of eastern Germany

Example Sentences

Verb We wended through the narrow streets. We wended our way through the narrow streets.
Recent Examples on the Web
Trying to wend its way back to reality would have killed the whole vibe of the film, something akin to explaining a joke. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2022 With Julia’s snobbish father (Todd Scofield) also opposed, and her rebellious sister, Linda (Baize Buzan), cheering Johnny on, the gently bantering dialogue and decorous conflict wend toward a conclusion that’s never in doubt. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2022 Can true love wend its way through the dense Pacific Northwest forest of secrets and lies? oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2022 Outside of the few hundred asylum cases a month that will employ the new application process, the rest will continue to wend their way through the traditional process in the immigration courts. New York Times, 26 May 2022 As the debate continues to wend its way through court, legal fees, which are rapidly mounting, have been shared among the five homeowners’ associations in Napeague, Mr. Silverman said. New York Times, 24 June 2022 The three-mile loop will pass through the Chihuahuan Desert and wend around the base of volcanic Lone Mountain. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 19 Apr. 2021 Sixty Tour kicks off June 1 in Madrid and wend across the continent, including two gigs at London’s Hyde Park, before wrapping July 31 in Stockholm. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2022 Not only does the story wend its way down a rambling country lane, but the road is bordered with giant hedgerows. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Old English wendan; akin to Old High German wenten to turn, Old English windan to twist — more at wind entry 3


German Wende, from Old High German Winida; akin to Old English Winedas, plural, Wends

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wend was before the 12th century


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Cite this Entry

“Wend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wend. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: to go one's way : proceed
wending their way home
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