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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

Examples of wend in a Sentence

Verb We wended through the narrow streets. We wended our way through the narrow streets.
Recent Examples on the Web
Among those killed was Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi, 65, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps general in charge of Iran’s covert operations in Syria and Lebanon through which parts of the weapons smuggling trail wends, the Israeli, Iranian and American officials said. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2024 With spring in the Northern Hemisphere in full bloom, forests are again beckoning hikers onto paths that wend their way through thousands of acres of old growth trees. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The fast-food restaurant project is wending its way through the city review process. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 15 Mar. 2024 Actor Zachary Quinto was among the invitees who wended their way through poolside cabanas and hotel rooms to view works from 66 global exhibitors, including L.A.’s Fernberger Gallery, M+B and One Trick Pony. Alison Brower, Los Angeles Times, 29 Feb. 2024 The property provides one of the best views of the American River from anywhere in the region as the iconic waterway wends around River Bend Park. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 Even though the ruling is not enforceable, and the actual legal case as to whether Israel is guilty of genocide is expected to take several years to wend its way through the court, the order is more than just symbolic. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2024 Art-pop queens Mitski and Lana Del Rey returned with entrancing — and wildly different —records; the former opted for a tight 30, while the latter took the scenic route, wending her way through 77 minutes of genre-hopping experimentation. Jason Lamphier, EW.com, 13 Dec. 2023 Attendees like Yvonne Force Villareal and Siddhartha Mukherjee were fortunate to wend the spiraled rings of the museum and explore the exhibition on view. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023

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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 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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