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Examples of wend in a Sentence
We wended through the narrow streets.
We wended our way through the narrow streets.
Recent Examples of wend from the Web
The group wends towards a team parking lot and piles into a Lincoln sedan.
The main road linking the valley to the outside world wends through treacherous mountain passes, closed by snow and the constant risk of avalanche for about eight months a year.
One wild card is the tax bill wending its way through Congress.
Small farmers were counting on that five-year head start to give them a fighting chance against larger corporations, which are much more familiar with wending through a government bureaucracy.
Spend a day wending down unpredictable country roads outside San Juan and the unending hurt Hurricane Maria inflicted on Puerto Rico becomes crushingly evident.
Daniel’s story wends its way through his class and then – as if a semester were not enough – on a 10-day boat excursion following the path of Odysseus’s homeward journey.
Harrods butchers, bakers, and fishmongers looked on (some dancing) as a collection worn by millennials—including a fair share of Anglo aristocracy and celebrity offspring—wended its way between displays of beef, breads, and lobster.
Notice something else: As these bureaucratic adjustments, wise or unwise, were wending through Congress, the nation was acting on opioid deaths.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of wend
First Known Use: 1786See Words from the same year
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