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verb \ˈwend\

Definition of wend

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to direct one's course :  travel

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to proceed on (one's way) :  direct

Examples of wend in a sentence

  1. We wended through the narrow streets.

  2. We wended our way through the narrow streets.

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

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


Wend

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noun \ˈwend\

Definition of Wend

  1. :  a member of a Slavic people of eastern Germany

Origin and Etymology of wend

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


First Known Use: 1786

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WEND Defined for English Language Learners

wend

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verb \ˈwend\

Definition of wend for English Language Learners

  • : to move from one place to another


WEND Defined for Kids

wend

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verb \ˈwend\

Definition of wend for Students

wended

wending

  1. :  to go from one place to another


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