\ ˈwend How to pronounce wend (audio) \
wended; wending; wends

Definition of wend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to direct one's course : travel

transitive verb

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


\ ˈwend How to pronounce Wend (audio) \

Definition of Wend (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of a Slavic people of eastern Germany

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Wend is related to the verb "wind," which means, among other things, "to follow a series of curves and turns." It is also a distant relative of the verb "wander." "Wend" itself began its journey in Old English as windan, meaning "to twist." "Wend" has twisted itself into various meanings over the years. Most of its senses-including "to come about," "to depart," "to change," and "to betake"-have since wandered off into obscurity, but its current sense of "to direct or to proceed" is holding steady on the path.

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: Verb His podcast is similarly full of memorable tips and strategies to help one wend their way through the business. Roy Trakin, Variety, 16 Sep. 2021 The corn, soybeans and wheat grown on the western end of Lake Erie wend their way through a series of industrial and natural processes that are the modern food chain to become everything from milk to hamburger to bread to soda sweetener. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Her revelation in an Instagram Live video came less than a month after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, breached security, and began to wend their way through its halls in search of lawmakers. CNN, 9 Aug. 2021 This month's bus tour will wend through the South with stops in cities such as Nashville, Atlanta and Columbia, South Carolina. Fredreka Schouten, CNN, 17 June 2021 The traditional parade has been replaced with a car caravan organizers call a Pridemobile Parade that will wend its way through the city for three hours on Saturday afternoon. Washington Post, 12 June 2021 Nearly 2½ years later, case No. 18016887 continues to slowly wend its way through the court system. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Mar. 2021 Before the extension, with the moratorium set to expire Jan. 31, Badon said the judges debated opening on weekends and running a night court to wend through the backlog. John Simerman, NOLA.com, 22 Jan. 2021 The western segment of the parkway tunnels is being topped with fresh soil, and a trail will wend through the historic army batteries and mature trees. John King, SFChronicle.com, 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of wend


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


1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wend


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

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“Wend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wend. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wend

: to move from one place to another


\ ˈwend How to pronounce wend (audio) \
wended; wending

Kids Definition of wend

: to go from one place to another


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