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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
To me, though, watching these actors – some of them very fine – wend their way through this agonizing tale of injustice was worth the occasional bumpiness of the ride.
Last month, the Supreme Court refused to hear the government’s appeal of that decision, leaving it to wend its way through the appellate courts.
On a trail wending under canopies of angular Joshua tree branches a few miles east of Palmdale, Bryn Lindblad, associate director of the nonprofit Climate Resolve, lamented the ecological destruction that would come with freeway construction.
Thin blue threads of development wend their way into arid high desert southeast of Kuna and Melba.
Once inside, visitors can observe a site-specific installation by the Korean artist Yiyun Kan, then wend their way through seven rooms, each broken out by decade and theme.
As the parade approached the border on Saturday, one group veered away from the border, while a smaller group wended its way southward.
The stranger would excuse herself to refill her glass, and somehow never wend her way back to me.
And don’t wait for a paper refund check to wend its way through the U.S. Postal Service, either.
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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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Definition of wend for English Language Learners
: to move from one place to another
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